Friday, May 29, 2015

Milt Jackson & Coleman Hawkins - Bean Bags

As co-leaders of this 1959 session, reissued here in exactly the same shape as the original Bean Bags LP, Coleman Hawkins and Milt Jackson reveal their elegant immersion in slow tempos and blues structures. Coleman Hawkins has been called the first truly great saxophonist, in jazz or otherwise. Milt Jackson, who elected to play for decades in the collective Modern Jazz Quartet rather than pursue a mainly solo career, is certainly the first great modern vibes player in jazz. Jackson learned from Lionel Hampton but developed a harmonic approach to his instrument, which sparkled and resonated as warmly as either tuned drums or a piano. The two players bounce smouldering ideas off each other ("Close Your Eyes") and play to their individual strengths on the two Jackson-penned blues numbers, with Hawkins playing breathy shadows and then leaping registers and Jackson letting the vibes sing with controlled sustain and all the complex art of slowed bebop. The rest of the band is notable, too : bassist Eddie Jones and MJQ drummer Connie Kay work with young guitarist Kenny Burrell and pianist Tommy Flanagan to merge harmony and rhythm wonderfully.
Andrew Bartlett

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Milt Jackson
Coleman Hawkins
Bean Bags


1 Close Your Eyes (Petkere)  7:25
2 Stuffy (Hawkins)  5:41
3 Don't Take Your Love From Me (Nemo)  4:49
4 Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler)  5:28
5 Sandra's Blues (Jackson)  6:38
6 Indian Blues (Hawkins, Jackson)  6:07


Coleman Hawkins - ts
Milt Jackson - vb
Kenny Burrell - g
Tommy Flanagan - p
Eddie Jones - b
Connie Kay - dr

Recorded in New York City ; September 12, 1958


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Yes! Thank you.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks Mel !

Helmut Knochen said...


Great music as laways, but who are those cigarette smoking dudes you have on the masthead?

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks.

Milan Filipović said...

Helmut, the smokers are Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky but the third one is unknown to me. Tried to identify him over the net, but had no luck so far.

Melanchthon said...

Milan, you're mistaken. The photograph was taken on the boulevard Raspail (n° 121), in Paris.

Milan Filipović said...

Thanks for the clarification, Melanchthon. Now that I know who they are not. Still, I must confess that, even apart from it's cosa nostra flavour, it is an intriguing photograph.

Melanchthon said...

From left to right : James Stephens, James Joyce and John Sullivan...

Milan Filipović said...

Thank you Melanchtron. Looks like my first impression was kind of upside down. Maybe these gentlemen are the ideal opposites of the ones I saw when looking at the picture. Who knows, perhaps Lansky and Lucky were the dark counterparts of James Stephens and John Sullivan, or their, so called, shadows...
It all leaves one trancedental intrigue open: Who is the shadow of writer James Joyce? Does he have a shadow at all? Or is James Joyce the unity of + and -, a personification of Abraxas?
Ulysses points in that direction.

Now a prosaic question:

What is the password to open the compressed files?

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!