Blues for Hawk

Blues for Hawk

by Yves FrancoisYves Francois


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In the early '80s, the young trumpeter Yves Francois, who had only been playing his horn for a few years, decided that it was long overdue for saxophonists Eddie Johnson and Franz Jackson to be recorded in a freewheeling setting. He organized and recorded four sessions during 1981-1986, some of which was released on scarce LPs on Jackson's Pinnacle label. Now all of the music is available on one CD. The basic tunes allow the musicians to play swing, bits of Dixieland, 1950s-style R&B, and touches of more modern jazz. The spirit is certainly there and the rollicking feel and the spontaneity are quite appealing. There are missteps, mistakes, and brief lost moments along the way, but this CD succeeds as good-time music. Fortunately both Johnson and Jackson have recorded more extensively since this time and Francois has improved as a trumpeter. But even with its flaws, this is certainly a fun set.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2005
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153056520
catalogNumber: 565
Rank: 147623

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yves Francois   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Franz Jackson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Soloist
John Gorman   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Andy Johnson   Piano
Eddie Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Odie Payne   Drums,Soloist
Bud Johnson   Piano
Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Marc Smierciak   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ken Voelker   Drums
John Gorman   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Valve Trombone
Jeff Lindahl   Double Bass
Eric Haggard   Drums

Technical Credits

Eddie Condon   Composer
Franz Jackson   Composer,Duet
Lester Young   Composer
Jimmy Blythe   Composer
Will J. Harris   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer,Audio Production
Victor Young   Composer
Lloyd Sachs   Liner Notes
Judd Sager   Engineer
Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks   Duet
Steve Wagner   Producer,Cover Photo
John Thomas   Engineer

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