Bean and Ben (1944-1945)

Bean and Ben (1944-1945)

by Coleman Hawkins
     
 
1944 and 1945 were explosively transitional years for jazz and few members of his generation were more willing to change with the times than tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, who acquired a leguminous nickname during the 1920s when his fellow musicians decided that he had a head shaped like a haricot bean. Originally released in 1996, Harlequin's See more details below

Overview

1944 and 1945 were explosively transitional years for jazz and few members of his generation were more willing to change with the times than tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, who acquired a leguminous nickname during the 1920s when his fellow musicians decided that he had a head shaped like a haricot bean. Originally released in 1996, Harlequin's Bean and Ben bundles together some of Hawk's best work from the period with a few contemporaneous selections featuring tenor man Ben Webster, who is teamed with trumpeter Emmett Berry as well as tenors Budd Johnson and Walter "Foots" Thomas. Indeed this compilation should probably be called "Bean, Ben and Foots," as Thomas was either leader or riding shotgun on many of the sessions represented here. The excitement of new ideas based in established traditions is palpable throughout this compilation. With swing rapidly morphing into both bop and rhythm & blues, every player was called upon to utilize his musical ingenuity as creatively as possible. Additional participants on this exciting mid-'40s New York jazz sampler are trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Jonah Jones; saxophonists Hilton Jefferson, Eddie Barefield, and Ernie Caceres; pianists Billy Taylor, Clyde Hart and Thelonious Monk; bassists Milt Hinton, Slam Stewart, and Oscar Pettiford, and drummers Cozy Cole and Denzil Best.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/1994
Label:
Harlequin Records
UPC:
0008637200428
catalogNumber:
4
Rank:
172537

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Performance Credits

Coleman Hawkins   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Slam Stewart   Bass
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Denzil Best   Drums
Ernie Caceres   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Clyde Hart   Piano
Milt Hinton   Bass
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Billy Taylor   Piano
Walter Thomas   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Milt Yaner   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Robinson   Bass

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Coleman Hawkins   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Joe Davis   Composer
Walter Thomas   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Bruce Bastin   Liner Notes
Hoffman   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Sammy Lerner   Composer
Margaret Bonds   Composer

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