Hawk Flies High

Hawk Flies High

by Coleman Hawkins
     
 

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Coleman Hawkins' 1957 session for Riverside, aside from an oral documentary record in a short-lived series, was his only recording for the label under his name. Yet producer Orrin Keepnews had the good sense to invite the legendary tenor saxophonist to pick his own musicians, and Hawkins surprised him by asking for young boppers J.J.See more details below

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Coleman Hawkins' 1957 session for Riverside, aside from an oral documentary record in a short-lived series, was his only recording for the label under his name. Yet producer Orrin Keepnews had the good sense to invite the legendary tenor saxophonist to pick his own musicians, and Hawkins surprised him by asking for young boppers J.J. Johnson and Idrees Sulieman in addition to the potent rhythm section of Hank Jones, Oscar Pettiford, Barry Galbraith, and Jo Jones. The two days of sessions produced a number of strong performances, with Hawkins still very much at the top of his game, while both Johnson and Sulieman catch fire as well. Even though most of the focus was on new material contributed by the participants, the musicians quickly adapted to the unfamiliar music, especially the leader's old-fashioned swinger "Sancticity" (which sounds like it could have been part of Count Basie's repertoire) and the pianist's tightly woven bop vehicle "Chant." Hawkins was one of the great ballad interpreters, and his majestic performance of the standard "Laura" is no exception. The 2008 reissue in the Keepnews Collection series uncovered no previously unissued material, though expanded liner notes by the producer and improved 24-bit remastering make this edition an improvement over earlier versions.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2008
Label:
Riverside
UPC:
0888072305052
catalogNumber:
30505
Rank:
76356

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coleman Hawkins   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet
Hank Jones Great Jazz Trio   Piano

Technical Credits

Hank Jones   Composer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Joe Tarantino   Remastering
Paul Bacon   Cover Design,Cover Photo
Tamaki Beck   Mastering
Shawn R. Britton   Mastering
Paul John Weller   Cover Design,Cover Photo
William Smith   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Henry Jones   Composer
Bill Grauer   Producer

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