In 1960, the year these recordings were made, Hawk was in his mid 50s and still at the height of his creative powers. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he was not out of fashion. Younger musicians did not merely respect him as a great historic figure: their admiration was open and active. They went to hear him play, and they played with him. As a musician and as a man, he seemed unmarked by any generation gap.
When he played, what came out was timeless music in rich, full-bodied phrases. His imagination was as fecund as ever, his control as strong, his hands as sure. On these three albums, made with some of the finest musicians of the swing, bop and mainstream eras including the gilt-edged piano of the late, great Tommy Flanagan, an ever-present on all these sessions - he showed yet again he remained a master able to work well within any framework. And still the boss tenor of jazz.
Total time: 132:23 min.
01. You Blew Out the Flame in My Heart
02. Im Beginning to See the Light
03. More Bounce to the Vonce
04. Cool Blue
05. Some Stretching
06. Trouble Is a Man
07. While Were Young
08. Then Ill Be Tired of You
09. Poor Butterfly
01. For You, for Me, for Evermore
02. At Dawning
03. Ill Get By (As Long As I Have You)
04. Mighty Lak a Rose
06. There Is No Greater Love
07. Dont Take Your Love from Me
08. In a Mellow Tone
09. Night Hawk
10. Lover (*) Bonus Track
Sources CD 1:
Tracks #1-5 from the Prestige/Swingville album "Coleman Hawkins All Stars" (SVLP2005)
Tracks #6-9 from the Prestige/Moodsville album "At Ease with Coleman Hawkins" (MVLP7)
Sources CD 2:
Tracks #1-4 from the Prestige/Moodsville album "At Ease with Coleman Hawkins" (MVLP7)
Tracks #5-9 from the Prestige/Swingville album
"Coleman Hawkins with Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis: Night Hawk" (SVLP2016)
Track #10 from the Prestige album "Coleman Hawkins - Night Hawk" (PR7671)
Personnel on CD 1:
Joe Thomas (tp except on #6-9), Vic Dickenson (tb except on #6-9), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Wendell Marshall (b), Osie Johnson (d, tambourine on #3).
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., January 8 (#1-5) & 29 (#6-9), 1960
Personnel on CD 2:
Tracks #1-4 Coleman Hawkins (ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Wendell Marshall (b), Osie Johnson (d, tambourine on #3)
Tracks #5-10 Coleman Hawkins and Eddie Lockjaw Davis (ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Ron Carter (b), Gus Johnson (d).
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., January 29 (#1-4); and December 30 (#5-10), 1960
Original recordings produced by Esmond Edwards
This compilation produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo 24-Bit Digitally Remastered