The Legendary Tenor Saxophonists: 1922-1940

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Believe it or not, there was a time when the saxophone wasn't regarded as one of jazz's more important wind instruments. That was back in the 1910s and early '20s; in those days, saxophonists generally took a back seat to trumpeters, trombonists, and clarinetists in Dixieland bands. But Coleman Hawkins, God bless him, changed that in a major way. By the end of the '20s, the seminal tenor man had made the saxophone incredibly popular in the jazz world -- and from then on, the sax was regarded as an important, indispensable part of jazz. Hawkins' importance cannot be overstated, which is why he receives so much attention on The Legendary Tenor Saxophonists: 1922-1940. Jazz...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Believe it or not, there was a time when the saxophone wasn't regarded as one of jazz's more important wind instruments. That was back in the 1910s and early '20s; in those days, saxophonists generally took a back seat to trumpeters, trombonists, and clarinetists in Dixieland bands. But Coleman Hawkins, God bless him, changed that in a major way. By the end of the '20s, the seminal tenor man had made the saxophone incredibly popular in the jazz world -- and from then on, the sax was regarded as an important, indispensable part of jazz. Hawkins' importance cannot be overstated, which is why he receives so much attention on The Legendary Tenor Saxophonists: 1922-1940. Jazz critic Scott Yanow, who assembled this classic jazz/swing compilation for Allegro's Jazz Legends series, opens the disc with a 1922 recording that boasts Hawkins' first recorded solo -- Mamie Smith's "I'm Gonna Get You" -- and he closes with the Chocolate Dandies' 1940 performance of "I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me," which also features Hawkins. Focusing on 18 years of jazz history, Yanow illustrates the rise of the tenor as a jazz instrument and shows how amazingly influential Hawk was during that pre-bebop era. This CD isn't strictly a Hawkins collection; however, he is present on six of the 21 tracks and his influence can be heard throughout the disc. All of the tenor men Yanow spotlights -- including Ben Webster, Chu Berry, Charlie Barnet, Budd Johnson, Bud Freeman, Herschel Evans, and Buddy Tate -- were influenced by Hawk's innovations. The more subtle and relaxed Lester Young who is heard on three selections was also influenced by Hawkins, although it is important to stress that the Prez proved to be an equally influential and distinctive innovator in his own right. Anyone who is seriously interested in the rise of the tenor sax in jazz is advised to acquire this excellent compilation.
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  • Release Date: 7/1/2003
  • Label: JAZZ LEGENDS
  • UPC: 723724533127
  • Catalog Number: 4001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Gonna Get You - Mamie Smith (2:57)
  2. 2 The Stampede (3:14)
  3. 3 Oh Baby (2:47)
  4. 4 Crying and Sighing (3:04)
  5. 5 Crazeology (2:59)
  6. 6 Lotta Sax Appeal - Andy Kirk (2:57)
  7. 7 Oh, Lady Be Good (3:08)
  8. 8 Something Is Gonna Give Me Away (3:04)
  9. 9 Crazy Rhythm (3:02)
  10. 10 Maelstrom (2:50)
  11. 11 When You're Smiling - Teddy Wilson (2:53)
  12. 12 You Took Advantage of Me (2:54)
  13. 13 Call Me a Taxi - Bob Crosby's Bobcats (3:16)
  14. 14 Blue and Sentimental (3:14)
  15. 15 Rock-A-Bye Basie (3:02)
  16. 16 Sweethearts on Parade - Lionel Hampton (3:01)
  17. 17 Grand Terrace Shuffle - Earl Hines (2:40)
  18. 18 Cherokee - Charlie Barnet (3:21)
  19. 19 Lester Leaps In - Count Basie (3:11)
  20. 20 Cotton Tail (3:09)
  21. 21 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mamie Smith Vocals
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Charlie Barnet Tenor Saxophone
Count Basie Piano
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Stéphane Grappelli Piano
Freddie Green Guitar
Lionel Hampton Vocals, Vibes
Earl Hines Piano
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Johnson Piano
Jo Jones Drums
John Kirby Bass
Andy Kirk Baritone Saxophone
Gene Krupa Drums
Billy May Trumpet
Ray Nance Cornet
Django Reinhardt Guitar
Rex Stewart Cornet
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Dave Barbour Guitar
Ray Bauduc Drums
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Cozy Cole Drums
Herman Foster Banjo
Bob Haggart Bass
Benny Morton Trombone
Todd Rhodes Piano
George Wettling Drums
Don Redman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bob Zurke Piano
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Mary Lou Williams Piano
Jimmy Blanton Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
Walter Page Bass
Alix Combelle Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Addison Guitar
George Bell Violin
Tommy Benford Drums
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Billie Holiday Vocals
Kurt Bloom Tenor Saxophone
Ted Brinson Guitar
Edward Burke Trombone
Bob Burnet Trumpet
Alvin Burroughs Drums
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Booker Collins Bass
Shad Collins Trumpet
Bob Crowder Tenor Saxophone
Langston Curl Trumpet
Charlie Dixon Banjo
George Dixon Trumpet
Ted Donnelly Trombone
Duke Ellington Piano
Eddie Durham Trombone
Andre Ekyan Alto Saxophone
Bus Etri Guitar
Herschel Evans Tenor Saxophone
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Milton Fletcher Trumpet
Walter Fuller Trumpet
Fred Guy Guitar
John Harrington Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Harrison Trombone
Clyde Hart Piano
Milt Hinton Bass
Keg Johnson Trombone
Claude Jones Trombone
Gene Kinsey Alto Saxophone
James Lamare Alto Saxophone
Harry Lawson Trumpet
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall Drums
Leroy Maxey Drums
Joe McLewis Trombone
Ray Michaels Drums
Eddie Miller Tenor Saxophone
Dan Minor Trombone
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone
Floyd O'Brien Trombone
John Owens Trumpet
Jerome Pasquall Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Benny Payne Piano
Irving "Mouse" Randolph Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Claude Roberts Guitar
Bill Robertson Trombone
Don Ruppersberg Trombone
Omer Simeon Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Joe "Fox" Smith Trumpet, Cornet
Russell Smith Trumpet
Jess Stacy Piano
Phil Stevens Bass
Ben Thigpen Drums
George "Fathead" Thomas Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Earl Thompson Trumpet
Juan Tizol Trombone
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Dave Wilborn Banjo
John Williams Alto Saxophone
Dick Wilson Tenor Saxophone
Quinn Wilson Bass
Eugene d'Hellemmes Bass
Ernest Elliott Clarinet
Ralph Escudero Tuba
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Cuba Austin Drums
Bob Escudero Tuba
John Nesbitt Trumpet
Prince Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Milton Senior Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bobby Stark Trumpet
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone
Bud Jacobson Clarinet
Bill Miller Piano
Johnny Mueller Bass
Carl "Tatti" Smith Trumpet
Harvey Brooks Piano
Paul King Trumpet
John Ewing Trombone
Leroy Harris Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mendel Trumpet
Cecil Carpenter Trombone
Cutie Perkins Drums
Dave North Piano
Don McCook Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ben Hall Trombone
Technical Credits
Mamie Smith Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Count Basie Composer
Chu Berry Composer
Bud Freeman Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Lester Young Composer
Bob Haggart Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Bob Zurke Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Coleman Hawkins Composer, Cover Photo
Mary Lou Williams Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Shad Collins Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Mark Fisher Composer
Fletcher Henderson Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Scott Yanow Liner Notes, Track Compilation
John Nesbitt Composer
John Williams Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Owen Murphy Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Larry Shay Composer
Mack David Composer
William Tennent Executive Producer
Charles Newman Composer
Modesty Marie Sablan Graphic Design
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