by Coleman Hawkins


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By the time these recordings were cut, Hawkins had almost fully come into his own as the first real threat on the tenor saxophone. His work with Fletcher Henderson's band during the '20s had put him center stage, and he was on the brink of a five-year European sojourn by the time the last tracks here came out. The collection starts out with two numbers Hawkins cut with Red McKenzie's Mound City Blue Blowers, including the hot-blowing "Hello Lola!," and proceeds with highlights from a Jack Purvis date from 1930. The nine sides Hawkins recorded with trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen in 1933, though, represent the disc's high point. With a stellar octet featuring clarinetist Russell Procope, bassist John Kirby, and trombonist Dicky Wells, Hawkins and Allen both shine on such highlights as "I've Got to Sing a Torch Song" and "'Ol' Man River." Topped off with some equally fine duet tracks with trumpeter Buck Clayton, this Classics title offers a top-notch view of Hawkins' often overlooked early material.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/1996
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517058720
catalogNumber: 587

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coleman Hawkins   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet,Vocals
Eddie Condon   Banjo,Vocals
John Kirby   String Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Horace Henderson   Piano,Track Performer
Adrian Rollini   Baritone Saxophone
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Red McKenzie   Vocals,Comb
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Jack Bland   Guitar
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Pops Foster   Baritone Saxophone
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone,Vocals
Hilton Jefferson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Walter Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
Glenn Miller   Trombone
Morgan   String Bass
Russell Smith   Trumpet
Buck Washington   Piano
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Jack Russin   Piano
Will Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Kegley   Drums
Jack Purvis   Trumpet,Vocals
Mound City Blue Blowers   Track Performer
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
Josh Billings   Drums

Technical Credits

Horace Henderson   Arranger
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger

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