Coleman Hawkins
  • MVLP 23
    MVLP 23
  • MVLP 25
    MVLP 25
  • MVLP 31
    MVLP 31
  • A(S) 34
    A(S) 34
  • Tommy Flanagan
    Tommy Flanagan
  • Coleman Hawkins
    Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins Quartet: Complete 1962 Studio Recordings (4 LP on 2 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Coleman Hawkins (ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Major Holley (b), Eddie Locke (d)

Reference: FSRCD 763

Bar code: 8427328607636

The sound of Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969) remains, after all these years, as immediately recognizable as his direct and compelling ability to swing. No jazzman played with more fire the uptempo tunes and no one could be more persuasive on ballads. With the fluent support of his then-regular rhythm section, he made these four excellent albums.

ThreeGood Old Broadway, No Strings, Make Someone Happywhich include jazz versions of Broadway show tunes, are from Prestiges Moodsville series. The fourth, Today and Now, made for Impulse, explores everything from gentle, moody ballads and bluesy, mid-tempo pieces to some Hawk originals.

Overall, this 2-CD set is an interesting mixture of classics and undeservedly lesser-known compositions. Hawk gives each of these richly melodic songs a broadly warm and moving reading. Tommy Flanagan is his usual imperturbable, tastefully swinging self, intuitively grasping the feeling of the tunes and showing he was among the best pianists, technically and creatively, excellent as a soloist and a superb accompanist. On drums, Eddie Locke is typically capable, and bassist Major Holley contributes some delightfully humorous solos in a quartet that shows how to play firstrate, uncomplicated music.


CD 1
01. I Talk to the Trees (Loewe-Lerner)
From Paint Your Wagon 4:18
02. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Kern-Harbach)
From Roberta 4:36
03. Wanting You (Romberg-Hammerstein II)
From New Moon 2:23
04. Strange Music (Wright-Forrest)
From Song of Norway 6:14
05. The Man That Got Away (Arlen-Gershwin)
From A Star Is Born 4:04
06. Get Out of Town (Porter)
From Leave It to Me 4:10
07. Here Ill Stay (Weill-Lerner)
From Love Life 4:05
08. A Fellow Needs a Girl (Rodgers-Hammerstein II)
From Allegro 4:46
09. Look No Further (Rodgers) 4:28
10. La La La (Rodgers) 3:18
11. Nobody Told Me (Rodgers) 3:20
12. Maine (Rodgers) 3:11
13. Loads of Love (Rodgers) 4:10
14. The Sweetest Sounds (Rodgers) 4:17
15. Be My Host (Rodgers) 3:03
16. The Man Who Has Everything (Rodgers) 5:56
17. No Strings (Rodgers) 4:44

CD 2
01. Wouldnt It Be Loverly? (Loewe-Lerner)
From My Fair Lady 7:45
02. Cry Like the Wind (Styne-Comden-Green)
From Do Re Mi 4:30
03. Climb Evry Mountain (Rodgers-Hammerstein II)
From The Sound of Music 4:29
04. Make Someone Happy (Styne-Comden-Green)
From Do Re Mi 3:03
05. Out of My Dreams (Rodgers-Hammerstein II)
From Oklahoma 4:48
06. Have I Told You Lately? (Rome)
From I Can Get It for You Wholesale 3:22
07. I Believe In You (Loesser)
From How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 4:42
08. Go Lil Liza (Traditional, arranged by Coleman Hawkins) 6:24
09. Quintessence (Jones) 4:44
10. Dont Love Me (Rivelli-Katz-Roberts) 4:39
11. Love Song from Apache (Raksin-Mercer) 4:12
12. Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet (Wenrich-Murphy) 9:50
13. Swingin Scotch (Hawkins) 5:31
14. Dont Sit Under the Apple Tree (Brown-Tobias-Stept) 4:29

CD 1, tracks #1-8, from "Good Old Broadway" (Moodsville MVLP23)
CD 1, tracks #9-17, from "The Jazz Version of No Strings" (MVLP25)
CD 2, tracks #1-7, from "Make Someone Happy" (MVLP31)
CD 2, tracks #8-14, from "Today and Now" (Impulse A(S)34)

Personnel in all tracks:
Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax (except on CD1 #12 & 15); Tommy Flanagan, piano; Major Holley, bass; Eddie Locke, drums.

CD 1, tracks #1-8, recorded at Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, January 2, 1962

CD 1, tracks #9-17, recorded at Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, March 30 & April 4 (#10,12,13,15 & 16), 1962

CD 2, tracks #1-7, recorded at Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, August 16, 1962

CD 2, tracks #8-14, recorded at Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, September 9, 1962

Original albums produced by Esmond Edwards (Moodsville) / Bob Thiele (Impulse)
Recording engineer: Rudy Van Gelder

This CD compilation produced by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered


"Tenor sax players come and go, but no one, and I mean NO ONE, has ever played it better than Coleman Hawkins. Sure, there are different styles and sounds, but theres an authority in Beans playing that flows out of his horn, and no one else has that sovereign and magisterial control of technique and sound. In 1962, he put out four, count em four albums with the trio of Tommy Flanagan/p, Major Holley/b and Eddie Locke/dr. One was on Impulse! and the other three were from a Moodsville series. All of are incredible quality and taste. Hawk effervescently growls on Go Lil Liza and purrs like a contented kitten on Dont Love Me. What a tone! A tone of show tunes are featured here, and Flanagan even gets a couple chances in the trio format, where he sounds as lyrical as youd ever want. These guys comport together like the Show Time Lakers on material like Get Out Of Town and Wouldnt It Be Loverly? as Hawkins takes a tune and brings it to a whole new plateau of beauty. A hint of heaven while still stuck on earth."

George W. Harris -May 13, 2013


14,95 €  (tax incl.)

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