The Complete Coleman Hawkins on Keynote

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Subtitled "The Complete Coleman Hawkins," the 61 songs on these four CDs represent Hawkins' complete output for Keynote Records recorded between January and December of 1944 with Teddy Wilson and Earl Hines as part of the Coleman Hawkins Quintet, the Cozy Cole All-Stars, Coleman Hawkins and His Sax Ensemble and the All-American Four, Charlie Shavers' All American Five, and George Wettling's New Yorkers -- Hawkins and Wettling's first contact went back close to 20 years, to the Roseland Ballroom. At the time, Hawkins had given up trying to make it as the leader of a big band, and had returned to playing with small groups in the clubs along New York's 52nd Street. A joint ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Subtitled "The Complete Coleman Hawkins," the 61 songs on these four CDs represent Hawkins' complete output for Keynote Records recorded between January and December of 1944 with Teddy Wilson and Earl Hines as part of the Coleman Hawkins Quintet, the Cozy Cole All-Stars, Coleman Hawkins and His Sax Ensemble and the All-American Four, Charlie Shavers' All American Five, and George Wettling's New Yorkers -- Hawkins and Wettling's first contact went back close to 20 years, to the Roseland Ballroom. At the time, Hawkins had given up trying to make it as the leader of a big band, and had returned to playing with small groups in the clubs along New York's 52nd Street. A joint project of PolyGram and Nippon Phonogram of Japan, this set is loaded with previously unissued takes and tracks from Hawkins' Keynote library, which also features Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge and Billy Taylor. From the opening bars of two different previously unissued takes of "I Only Have Eyes For You," the set shows its worth, presenting outtakes that are equal in value to any of their released counterparts -- Wilson and Hawkins perform superbly on all three versions, with markedly different performances on each, pretty much representing the way all of the outtakes here are fully justified. Each disc has more than its share of worthwhile rarities and previously unreleased cuts, and one leads into the next so well that it is difficult to take in just one of the these four discs at a time. From Disc Two onward, there is also more improvisation than one is accustomed to in jazz recordings if this era, owing to the fact that many of the sessions used the 12-inch master disc format, which allowed for just over five minutes' playing time, nearly 60% more than the usual three minutes-and-change, giving all of the players a chance to stretch out in ways closer to their usual stage and radio performances though I wouldn't change the various three-minute versions of "Bean at the Met" on Disc One for any amount of money. The sound is generally superb, with an intimate, live-in-the-studio ambience and very little in the way of noise, considering the age of the recordings no enhanced noise reduction of any kind has been used on this set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/1994
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042283096028
  • Catalog Number: 830960

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just One More Chance (5:02)
  2. 2 Just One More Chance (4:51)
  3. 3 Through for the Night (4:45)
  4. 4 Through for the Night (4:42)
  5. 5 On the Sunny Side of the Street (4:52)
  6. 6 On the Sunny Side of the Street (4:42)
  7. 7 Three Little Words (4:44)
  8. 8 Battle of the Saxes (4:35)
  9. 9 Louise (4:53)
  10. 10 Louise (4:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Make Believe (4:42)
  2. 2 Make Believe (4:42)
  3. 3 Don't Blame Me (4:48)
  4. 4 Don't Blame Me (4:50)
  5. 5 Just One of Those Things (4:30)
  6. 6 Hallelujah (3:58)
  7. 7 I'm Yours (3:20)
  8. 8 I'm Yours (3:12)
  9. 9 I'm Yours (3:27)
  10. 10 Under a Blanket of Blue (3:08)
  11. 11 Beyond the Blue Horizon (2:59)
  12. 12 Beyond the Blue Horizon (2:56)
  13. 13 Beyond the Blue Horizon (2:56)
  14. 14 In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town (2:53)
  15. 15 In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town (2:43)
  16. 16 In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town (2:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 My Man (3:19)
  2. 2 My Man (3:17)
  3. 3 El Salon de Gutbucket (2:57)
  4. 4 El Salon de Gutbucket (2:51)
  5. 5 Embraceable You (3:01)
  6. 6 Undecided (3:00)
  7. 7 Undecided (2:51)
  8. 8 Home (3:33)
  9. 9 Home (3:44)
  10. 10 Too Marvelous for Words (3:09)
  11. 11 Too Marvelous for Words (3:44)
  12. 12 Too Marvelous for Words (4:03)
  13. 13 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (3:05)
  14. 14 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (3:53)
  15. 15 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (3:53)
  16. 16 Somebody Loves Me (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Coleman Hawkins Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Earl Hines Piano
John Kirby Bass
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Slam Stewart Bass
Jack Teagarden Trombone, Vocals
Teddy Wilson Piano
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Herman Chittison Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Hank D'Amico Clarinet
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
George Wettling Drums
Trummy Young Trombone
Israel Crosby Bass
Denzil Best Drums
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Teddy Walters Guitar
Al Lucas Bass
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Joe Thomas Trumpet
Technical Credits
Tab Smith Arranger
Dan Morgenstern Liner Notes
Leo Robin Composer
Harry Lim Producer
Kiyoshi "Boxman" Koyama Producer
Little Jack Little Composer
Peter Van Steeden Composer
Joe Young Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
John Siras Composer
Harry Clarkson Composer
W. Frank Harling Composer
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