King of the Tenor Sax: 1929-1943

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Outstanding! A chronologically arranged core sample of the Hawk's progress from a notably able improviser to a fully developed archetypal saxophonist ready to assist with the birth and development of bebop. There are really four chapters in Hawkins' evolution. First come the adventures of a young sideman busily gigging throughout the 1920s, who gradually shone as a star of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra but also played bass saxophone behind Ma Rainey. Chapter two finds the internationally acclaimed master of the tenor taking himself to Europe during the 1930s and returning with more sheer power and facility than ever. The rest of Hawkins' career would count as chapters ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Outstanding! A chronologically arranged core sample of the Hawk's progress from a notably able improviser to a fully developed archetypal saxophonist ready to assist with the birth and development of bebop. There are really four chapters in Hawkins' evolution. First come the adventures of a young sideman busily gigging throughout the 1920s, who gradually shone as a star of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra but also played bass saxophone behind Ma Rainey. Chapter two finds the internationally acclaimed master of the tenor taking himself to Europe during the 1930s and returning with more sheer power and facility than ever. The rest of Hawkins' career would count as chapters three and four, spanning the years 1944 through 1966. More than two decades of maturity gave the world that marvelous autumnal Hawkins, always insistent upon being up to date, eventually sitting in with Monk, Coltrane, Max Roach, and Abbey Lincoln. This collection focuses upon chapter two, or Hawkins' early middle period. These historical performances are invariably exciting and fruitful. Hearing Hawkins percolating alongside Red McKenzie's buzzing paper and comb is an incongruous delight, enhanced by the presence of Pee Wee Russell, Pops Foster, and Gene Krupa. A pity listeners only get to hear one example of the Coleman Hawkins/Henry "Red" Allen Orchestra of 1933. The Fletcher Henderson recordings have apparently been put aside for inclusion in a different volume of this reissue series. Even so, the Henderson sides are numerous enough that they probably could have included Hawkins' harmonically adventuresome "Queer Notions" on this disc without depleting the supply. Hearing Hawkins in leisurely duet performance with Bessie Smith's ace pianist Buck Washington is a treat not to be missed. The recordings made in France and Holland during 1935 and 1937 are fresh and stimulating. Note the positive energy generated by musicians from varying countries and ethnic backgrounds, working together in defiance of prevailing racist politics on the continent at that time. In 1935, Nazi laws barred Hawkins from performing in Germany, as he and his music were considered racially impure. As if to demonstrate the antithesis of Hitler's ideology, Hawkins made a mighty handful of hot records in the company of legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The obligatory "Body and Soul" of 1939 should be compared with the 1929 recording of "One Hour." Hawkins always insisted that what he accomplished on his most famous record was nothing different from what he'd been doing all along. Certainly it was Hawkins who initially defined the tenor saxophone as a vehicle for ballad improvisation. One selection from a Lionel Hampton jam and four smart sides from 1940 constitute the logical fruition of the swing idiom, and then something very exciting starts to happen: Hawkins is heard sitting in with Count Basie's band in 1941, with decidedly modern results "Feedin' the Bean". Even more modern is "Boff Boff" from December 1943, wherein a dangerous rhythm section of Art Tatum, Oscar Pettiford, and Sid Catlett urge Hawkins and trumpeter Cootie Williams on to great extremes. Bop is in the air, as well as R&B. The remaining tracks illustrate how by the end of 1943 and for the rest of his life, Hawkins was constantly reinventing the tradition without ever looking back.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Jazz Legends
  • UPC: 723724568822
  • Catalog Number: 1012

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hello, Lola! - The Mound City Blue Blowers (3:16)
  2. 2 One Hour (If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight) - The Mound City Blue Blowers (3:25)
  3. 3 Jamaica Shout (3:02)
  4. 4 On the Sunny Side of the Street (3:30)
  5. 5 I Wish I Were Twins (2:37)
  6. 6 Avalon (3:02)
  7. 7 Honeysuckle Rose (2:47)
  8. 8 Stardust (2:33)
  9. 9 Well, All Right Then (2:31)
  10. 10 Body and Soul (3:00)
  11. 11 Dinah (2:45)
  12. 12 When Day Is Done (3:15)
  13. 13 The Sheik of Araby (2:57)
  14. 14 My Blue Heaven (2:47)
  15. 15 Bouncing With Bean (3:04)
  16. 16 Feedin' the Bean (3:14)
  17. 17 Boff Boff (Mop Mop) (3:10)
  18. 18 My Ideal (3:08)
  19. 19 Stumpy (3:19)
  20. 20 Crazy Rhythm (3:14)
  21. 21 The Man I Love (5:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Coleman Hawkins Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Count Basie Piano
Al Casey Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Bill Coleman Trumpet
Eddie Condon Banjo
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
St├ęphane Grappelli Piano
Freddie Green Guitar
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Eddie Heywood Piano
Jo Jones Drums
John Kirby Bass
Gene Krupa Drums
Shelly Manne Drums
Oscar Pettiford Bass, Double Bass
Django Reinhardt Guitar
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Art Tatum Piano
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Edmond Hall Clarinet
Horace Henderson Piano
Gene Rodgers Piano
Zutty Singleton Drums
Joe Sullivan Piano
Red McKenzie Comb
Walter Page Bass
Alix Combelle Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Addison Guitar
Pierre Allier Trumpet
Tommy Benford Drums
Benny Carter Trumpet, Alto Saxophone
Artie Bernstein Bass, Double Bass
Jack Bland Guitar
Arthur Briggs Trumpet
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Maurice Chailou Drums
Noel Chiboust Trumpet
Ed Cuffee Trombone
Andre Ekyan Alto Saxophone
Jackie Fields Alto Saxophone
Andy Fitzgerald Clarinet
Pops Foster Bass
Joe Guy Trumpet
Earl Hardy Trombone
Arthur Herbert Drums
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Hilton Jefferson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Walter Johnson Drums
Al Killian Trumpet
Ellis Larkins Piano
Charles Lisee Alto Saxophone
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Glenn Miller Trombone
Dan Minor Trombone
Eustis Moore Alto Saxophone
Guy Paquinet Trombone
Danny Polo Clarinet
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Buck Washington Piano
Jack Washington Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Eugene d'Hellemmes Bass
Freddie Johnson Piano
Tommy Lindsay Trumpet
Wim Poppink Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Kees Kranenburg Drums
Theo Uden Masman Piano
George Van Helvoirt Trumpet
Marcel Thielemans Trombone
Jack Pet Guitar
Andre Van Den Ouderaa Clarinet, Violin, Tenor Saxophone
William McLeish Smith Bass
Johnny Williams & His Orchestra Bass
Tony Limbach Bass
Glenn McGaha Miller Trombone
Henk Hinrichs Trumpet
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Count Basie Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Horace Henderson Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Coleman Hawkins Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Red McKenzie Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Fletcher Henderson Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Osie Johnson Composer
Gordon Means Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
George Whiting Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Freddie Johnson Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
J.P. Johnson Composer
Joe Young Composer
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
Newell Chase Composer
Robert Katscher Composer
Steve Pringle Remastering
Wm. D. Tennant Executive Producer
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