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The Hawk Flies High Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Riverside
  • ASIN: B0017YZIJQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Conklin on January 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Newly re-mastered, this 2008 Keepnews Collection CD comes up sounding fuller and more life-like than the original "first generation" OJC disc. Often described as a comeback album for Coleman Hawkins, it features the leader's fine hand-picked lineup in a truly one-of-a kind (1957) recording.

The arrangements in all 6 tracks provide pleasing sonorities among the 3 horns, and there are many tasteful solos. I find J.J Johnson's trombone work especially enjoyable. Hank Jones on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, Jo Jones, on drums-are you kidding me? This is easily one of the best Coleman Hawkins CDs available. No alternate takes or bonus tracks, just the original album in great sound. Like a fine wine, THE HAWK FLIES HIGH gets better with age--and repeat listens.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Watters on March 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Before there was rock-and-roll, there was Coleman Hawkins. Don't be fooled by the deceptively mellow, laid-back demeanor of this LP. Perhaps no other jazz CD I own benefits more from being CRANKED UP. At live volumes, this music rocks as well as swings, and you can really hear Hawkins bending the notes and finding all the blues harmonics in the material. He's like the godfather of heavy metal guitarists. Sure, it's a different axe, but the seeds of the musical approach are there. I kid you not: get ahold of The Hawk Flies High and turn it up! (If you do, you'll also be treated to a sonic veil being removed from the work of drummer Jo Jones and bassist Oscar Pettiford, both of whom are lost at more demure volumes, and the great presence and bite in the trombone of J.J. Johnson.)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roger Berlind on January 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is definitely one of my favorite Jazz albums in my collection of over 200 Jazz CDs. It is a terrific ensemble of 7 great instrumentalists. It is true, as one reviewer objected, that Hawkins gives equal solo time to the other soloists, but I think that this is exactly what makes this album so special. It combines great ensemble writing with excellent solos. All 6 pieces pulse with abundant energy and style. I especially like the 2 longer pieces, "Juicy Fruit" and "Sancticity" that clock in at 11 and 9 minutes respectively. But the shorter pieces are also great. "Chant" and "Blue Lights" are both funky. "Think Deep" has a haunting melody that makes me think of film noire movies. This is followed by "Laura" which actually is from a film noire film of the same title.

"Juicy Fruit" has an incredible 1 minute note held by trumpeter Idrees Sulieman which he follows up with a wonderfully inventive solo; no mean feat! I was so impressed by his solo that I looked for other CDs by or with him and purchased "Now is the Time" (1976) which he headlined and "The Cats" (1957) which was another ensemble project headlined by Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, and Sulieman; this was recorded just one month after "The Hawk Flies High". These are also very good CDs. Sulieman also has other exciting solos throughout the album.

Hawkins sounds great in his solos on all 6 pieces despite the fact that he had been playing since the 1920s. But age is no detriment to great musicians; I recently heard Sonny Rollins at his 50th anniversary Carnegie Hall concert when he was over 80 and still sounded great. Sonny also sounds great on his recent "Sonny, Please" album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It may be an exaggeration but it's all too tempting to proclaim that no listener can begin to understand this indigenous African-American art form without coming to the fullest possible appreciation of the two reigning, seminal and supreme patriarchs of the tenor saxophone: Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Hawk was the acknowledged father of the quintessential "jazz horn" (so close to the expressiveness of the human voice yet so exclusively considered--for better or worse--a "jazz" instrument. Trumpets, trombones and pianos carried sufficient "legitimacy" because of their wider application--in orchestras, the formal concert hall, and even church musical settings--to secure the acceptance and approval of both a Puritannical white society and an evangelical, sanctified black one during the first half of the twentieth century. Like "rock" music of the '60s, jazz necessarily carried "countercultural" implications, making it at once especially attractive to the nation's youth and immediately unacceptable to the numerous representatives of social and institutional propriety. And the resounding if not "silencing" response to this widespread bias was Coleman Hawkins' "preaching" and "teaching" an undeniably breath-taking lesson--his 1939 recording of the challenging standard "Body and Soul."

Like Louis Armstrong's cadenza and chorus on "West End Blues" (1928), Hawkin' achievement was a game-changer.
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