Solitude

Solitude

by Coleman Hawkins
     
 

Dove Audio compiles cuts from albums made by Coleman Hawkins mainly for the Impulse! label under his own name or in support of another. Most of the tracks come from the 1960s. This release puts on display the many facets of Hawkins' special and immediately recognizable playing style. His powerful tenor and his ability to play fast, incorporating a complex rubato and… See more details below

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Dove Audio compiles cuts from albums made by Coleman Hawkins mainly for the Impulse! label under his own name or in support of another. Most of the tracks come from the 1960s. This release puts on display the many facets of Hawkins' special and immediately recognizable playing style. His powerful tenor and his ability to play fast, incorporating a complex rubato and his unique legato, are heard on "Out of Nowhere." This track also features some fine piano by Barry Harris. Hawkins shows off his warm sound and relaxed virtuosity, qualities he often doesn't get enough recognition for, on a lovely rendition of Hank Jones' "Angel Face." But it's the two cuts he made with Duke Ellington in August of 1962 included here that are the icing on this CD's cake. Not only is the genius of Coleman Hawkins personified on "Solitude" and "Mood Indigo," but there's the bonus of some lovely playing by Ray Nance on violin on the former, and the unmistakable alto sax of Johnny Hodges on the latter. Although these selections come from albums made relatively late in Hawkins' recording career, they show he has not lost any of his special way with a melody, as he ad libs on the melody on virtually every tune, which recalls his groundbreaking "Body and Soul" extemporization in 1939. He is especially masterful with this device on "The Midnight Sun Will Never Set." The Hawk lets loose on "Swinging Scotch," a cut from a 1962 set with Tommy Flanagan, Major Holley (doing his humming into the bass thing), and Eddie Locke. Although less than 40 minutes in length, this album provides a good sample of the wide spectrum of that distinctive tenor playing which was Coleman Hawkins.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/1995
Label:
DOVE AUDIO
UPC:
0022917813726
catalogNumber:
8137

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coleman Hawkins   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Barry Harris   Piano
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Ray Nance   Violin,Cornet
Aaron Bell   Bass
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Major Holley   Bass
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Harry Carney   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Duke Ellington   Piano
Eddie Locke   Drums
Sam Woodyard   Drums

Technical Credits

Victor Herbert   Composer
Hank Jones   Composer
Coleman Hawkins   Composer
Deborah Raffin   Executive Producer
Dubin   Composer
Michael Viner   Executive Producer
Charles Tolbert   Liner Notes
Dan Musselman   Engineer

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