Monday, October 14, 2013

Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins' 1957 session for Riverside, aside from an oral documentary record in a short-lived series, was his only recording for the label under his name. Yet producer Orrin Keepnews had the good sense to invite the legendary tenor saxophonist to pick his own musicians, and Hawkins surprised him by asking for young boppers J.J. Johnson and Idrees Sulieman in addition to the potent rhythm section of Hank Jones, Oscar Pettiford, Barry Galbraith, and Jo Jones. The two days of sessions produced a number of strong performances, with Hawkins still very much at the top of his game, while both Johnson and Sulieman catch fire as well. Even though most of the focus was on new material contributed by the participants, the musicians quickly adapted to the unfamiliar music, especially the leader's old-fashioned swinger "Sancticity" (which sounds like it could have been part of Count Basie's repertoire) and the pianist's tightly woven bop vehicle "Chant." Hawkins was one of the great ballad interpreters, and his majestic performance of the standard "Laura" is no exception. The 2008 reissue in the Keepnews Collection series uncovered no previously unissued material, though expanded liner notes by the producer and improved 24-bit remastering make this edition an improvement over earlier versions.
Ken Dryden

Source :

Coleman Hawkins
The Hawk Flies High


1 Chant (Jones, Jones) 5:08
2 Juicy Fruit (Sulieman) 11:16
3 Think Deep (Smith) 3:24
4 Laura (Mercer, Raksin) 4:34
5 Blue Lights (Gryce) 5:44
6 Sancticity (Hawkins) 9:10

Idrees Sulieman - tp
J.J. Johnson - tb
Coleman Hawkins - ts
Hank Jones - p
Barry Galbraith - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Jo Jones - dr

Recorded in New York City ; March 12 & 15, 1957.


neil said...

Once again, thanks for the opportunity to upgrade from my mp3s, mel...

Melanchthon said...

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lv said...

El password habitual no funciona

Pepin said...

Sorry, please could you provide the password. thanks

cvllos said...

Pepin, go to the black column on the right side of the front page, above.
And try to download it (PW)
BTW, please, Melanchthon, post "The Guilded Hawk", a nice record in spite accid comments of Yanow (" of the most dispensable Coleman Hawkins ever...."); regretable.

Pepin said...

Many, many thanks cvllos. And I agree with you I think a good album "The Guilded Hawk". Although to taste the colors...