Coleman Hawkins in the 50's: Body & Soul Revisited

Coleman Hawkins in the 50's: Body & Soul Revisited

by Coleman HawkinsColeman Hawkins


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Hawkins had been the dominant tenor-saxophonist from the mid-'20s up until 1940, but even though he remained a major force, his influence was waning, due to the emergence of Lester Young and then Charlie Parker. By the early '50s he only recorded on an infrequent basis. Fortunately a few years later (partly due to the rise of Sonny Rollins whose original hero was Hawk), his fortunes were on the rise again. This Decca CD contains quite a variety of music. There are ten selections of melodic "mood" music from 1951-53 in which Hawkins mostly sticks to the melody (an exception is an excellent version of "If I Could Be with You"). Then the great tenor is heard in an occasionally exciting session with Cozy Cole's All-Stars; cornetist Rex Stewart steals the show with a couple of colorful solos. The best music on this CD is taken from a 1955 radio broadcast in which Hawkins plays "Foolin' Around" (based on the chords of "Body and Soul") totally unaccompanied and roars on "The Man I Love." This set concludes with three selections (one previously unissued) from a fine session led by clarinetist Tony Scott.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/1993
Label: Verve
UPC: 0011105062725
catalogNumber: 627
Rank: 127888


  1. Sin (It's No)
  2. And So to Sleep Again
  3. Spellbound
  4. Lost in a Fog
  5. Carioca
  6. Midnight Sun
  7. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
  8. I Can't Get Started
  9. Ruby
  10. The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?)
  11. My Blue Heaven
  12. Honeysuckle Rose
  13. Organ Grinder's Swing
  14. Perdido
  15. Sweethearts on Parade
  16. The Man I Love
  17. Foolin' Around
  18. Time on My Hands
  19. Ornithology
  20. Body and Soul
  21. Unlisted Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coleman Hawkins   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Doggett   Organ,Piano
George Barnes   Guitar
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Claude Hopkins   Piano
Hank Jones   Piano
Duke Jordan   Piano
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Art Taylor   Drums
Trigger Alpert   Bass
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Sanford Gold   Piano
Neal Hefti   Conductor
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Gene Ramey   Bass
Walter Bolden   Drums
Casmenti   Guitar
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Benny Harris   Trumpet
Conrad Henry   Bass
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Matthew McGee   Trombone
Danny Mendelsohn   Keyboards
Arvell Shaw   Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Casimenti   Guitar
Matthew Gee   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Miklós Rózsa   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Joe Marsala   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Dave Grusin   Executive Producer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Joseph Doughney   Reissue Post Production
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Benny Harris   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Reissue Producer
Michael Landy   Reissue Post Production
Sonny Mediana   Production Director
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Larry Rosen   Executive Producer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Rusty Young   Composer
Adam Zelinka   Reissue Post Production
Pat DiNizio   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Coleman Hawkins   Contributor
Dan Serrano   Art Direction
George Simon   Producer
Jackie Salway   Graphic Design
Alba Acevedo   Graphic Design
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Heinz Roemheld   Composer
Charles Newman   Composer
Scott Johnson   Art Direction
Hans Lengsfelder   Composer

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