Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sonny Meets Hawk !

Throughout a career that spanned more than 40 years, Coleman Hawkins consistently maintained a progressive attitude, operating at or near the cutting edge of developments in jazz. If Hawk's versatility came in handy when he backed Abbey Lincoln during Max Roach's 1960 We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, he took on an assignment of challenging dimensions when in 1963 he cut an entire album with Sonny Rollins in the company of pianist Paul Bley, bassists Bob Cranshaw and Henry Grimes, and drummer Roy McCurdy. Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins each virtually defined the tenor saxophone for his respective generation. To hear the two of them interacting freely is a deliciously exciting experience. Hawkins is able to cut loose like never before. Sometimes the two collide, locking horns and wrestling happily without holding back. For this reason one might detect just a whiff of Albert Ayler's good-natured punchiness, particularly in the basement of both horns ; such energies were very much in the air during the first half of the 1960s. Rather than comparing this date with the albums Hawkins shared with Ben Webster (1957), Henry "Red" Allen (1957), Pee Wee Russell (1961), or Duke Ellington (1962), one might refer instead to Hawk's wild adventures in Brussels during 1962 (see Stash CD 538, Dali) or Rollins' recordings from around this time period, particularly his Impulse! East Broadway Run Down album of 1965. Check out how the Hawk interacts with Rollins' drawn-out high-pitched squeaking during the last minute of "Lover Man." On Sonny Meets Hawk !, possibly more than at any other point in his long professional evolution, Hawkins was able to attain heights of unfettered creativity that must have felt bracing, even exhilarating. He obviously relished the opportunity to improvise intuitively in the company of a tenor saxophonist every bit as accomplished, resourceful, and inventive as he was.
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Source :

Sonny Rollins
Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk !
(RCA Victor Gold Series)


1 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  5:13
2 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  9:31
3 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward)  5:59
4 Just Friends (Klenner, Lewis)  4:39
5 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  8:52
6 At McKie's (Rollins)  7:01


Coleman Hawkins & Sonny Rollins - ts
Paul Bley - p
Bob Cranshaw - b [# 1, 2, & 5]
Henry Grimes - b [# 3, 4, & 6]
Roy McCurdy - dr

Recorded at RCA-Victor Studio "B", New York City  ; July 15 [# 1, 2, & 5] & July 18 [# 3, 4 & 6], 1963


OldHippieRick said...

Mel Thanks for the share buddy
it will go real nice with
Sonny Rollins Brass And Trio 1958
also with Henry Grimes on bass.. gee At a time when bassist Charles Mingus was experimenting with a second bass player in his band, Grimes was the person he selected for the job. that speaks vol's about Henry yet so few LP's as leader [3 or 4] and most are very current releases.. ~ rick

blbs said...

Gracias por la música y por volver.

mybonnie77 said...

Thanks Mel, Good music.

Kovina Kris said...

Great post Mel! So glad to get this meeting of 2 of the giants.

jazzfriend said...

Gracias por Sonny Rollins.

Saludos desde Chile.

Sivad said...

thank you very much!

peskypesky said...

thank you so much for sharing all the cool music. lots of things on your blog i'd never seen or heard before. :)

Sergio González Valenzuela said...


Melanchthon said...

Gil said...

Encore une fois,merci.

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel for this classic/classy album.

danair said...

Thanks very much for this upgrade Mel :)

sandor essedy said...

glad to can hear this one, many thanks Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!