The Hawk Flies High

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Riverside
  • UPC: 888072305052
  • Catalog Number: 30505
  • Sales rank: 72,059

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chant (5:08)
  2. 2 Juicy Fruit (11:16)
  3. 3 Think Deep (3:24)
  4. 4 Laura (4:34)
  5. 5 Blue Lights (5:44)
  6. 6 Sancticity (9:10)
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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 Jr. Producer
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