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To define the particular sounds you will find here, some people coined the term mainstreamyet some simply call it jazz. The performers on these sessions need only imply to convey what they mean. Everyone involved seems to have known it.
Coleman Hawkins blows with eloquence, guts, self-confidence, and stomping emotionalism. Roy Eldridge is, as usual, excitable and bubbling over with the kind of exuberance that only trumpeters can manage as they manipulate lip and valve. Buck Claytons imagination gives a distinct shape to each one of his solos; he executes them with taste and sense of relevance. Hank Jones is flexible and fluent, ever the complete musician, and a nearly perfect complement here to the lyricism and rhythmic strength of Hawk and the two trumpeters.
The rhythm section blends together in fine rapport. This is a healthy example of uncluttered, uncomplexed, and unneurotic jazz blowing by as worthy a company of musicians as could be desired.
01. Hanid (Coleman Hawkins) 4:50
02. Nabob (Coleman Hawkins) 9:29
03. Sunday (Miller) 5:19
04. Honey Flower (Coleman Hawkins) 8:42
05. Get Set (Hank Jones) 4:53
06. My One and Only Love (Mellin-Wood) 7:21
07. Bird of Prey Blues (Coleman Hawkins) 11:13
08. Vignette (Hank Jones) 4:25
09. You've Changed (Fischer-Carey) 7:40
10. Ooh-Wee Miss G.P.! (Coleman Hawkins) 3:55
11. Honey Flower (Coleman Hawkins) 8:15 *
(*) Alternate take
Tracks #1-4, from "Coleman Hawkins And His Confrères" (Verve MG V-8346)
Tracks #5-10, from "High And Mighty Hawk"
(Felsted SJA 2005)
Track #11, is an alternate take from "Coleman Hawkins And His Confrères"
Roy Eldridge (tp on #1-4,11), Buck Clayton (tp on #5-10), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Hank Jones (p), George Duvivier (b on #1-4,11), Ray Brown (b on #5-10), Mickey Sheen (d).
All tracks recorded in New York City, on February 7 (#1-4,11), February 18 & 19 (#5-10), 1958
Original recordings produced by Norman Granz (#1-4,11) and Stanley Dance (#5-10).
This CD reissue produced by Jordi Pujol.
24-Bit · Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.
Note: You will notice that the "Confrères" original cover features two photographs, one of the Oscar Peterson Trio, and one of Ben Webster, the reason being the following: this album included the tune 'Maria' in addition to tracks #1-4 on this CD. 'Maria' was, in fact, a leftover recording from the October 16, 1957 session featuring Hawkins and Webster known as "Encounters," and thus it has not been included in our release.