Reference: FSRCD 556
This CD contains the two complete sets by the Coleman Hawkins/Roy Eldridge quintet recorded it the fall of 1957 at the Civic Opera House in Chicago (Stereo) and at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles (mono). The Hawk is still imperial here, and there is also a particularly welcome bonus in the fine form of Roy Eldridge on both concerts - not always the case during his career. Another astonishing surprise is the rhythm section, which consists of three quarters of the Modern Jazz Quartet: John Lewis, Percy Heath and Connie Kay. They swing hard, proving they were versatile enough to change their style when accompanying their two elders.
Making a great closing performance for a CD full of outstanding playing is a very rare version of Stuffy, with Coleman and Roy, plus J.J. Johnson, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis and Jo Jones.
01. Beans Talkin
02. The Nearness of You
03. Time on My Hands
04. The Walker
05. Tea for Two
06. Blue Moon
07. Cocktails for Two
09. Beans Talkin
10. I Cant Get Started
11. Time on My Hands
12. The Walker
13. Stuffy (*) Bonus Track
Tracks #1-8 & 10 originally issued as
"Coleman Hawkins And Roy Eldridge
At The Opera House" (Verve MGVS-6028)
Personnel on #1-12:
Roy Eldridge (tp), Coleman Hawkins (ts), John Lewis (p), Percy Heath (b) and Connie Kay (d). On tracks #2,6 & 10: Coleman Hawkins out; on tracks #3,7 & 11: Roy Eldridge out.
Personnel on #13 features the J.A.T.P All Stars:
Roy Eldridge (tp), J.J. Johnson (tb), Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins (ts), Oscar Peterson (p), Herb Ellis (g), Ray Brown (b) and Jo Jones (d).
-September 29, 1957 at the Civic Opera House, Chicago (#1-8).
-October 9, 1957 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (#9-12).
-October 9, 1957 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (#13).