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Coleman Hawkins - Complete Albums Collection: 1960-1962

Coleman Hawkins - Complete Albums Collection: 1960-1962

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This four disc set commemorates the last great period of Coleman Hawkins' career. Containing over four hours of music from eight complete albums, originally released across the period 1960 to 1962, this collection is a fitting testament to a hugely accomplished musician who was arguably the greatest tenor saxophonist of the entire jazz spectrum.

An enormous presence in jazz across five decades, Coleman Hawkins provided huge influence for generations of jazz saxophonists who were inspired to pick up their instrument of choice following exposure to Hawkins work. Having begun his career participating in late night Harlem jam sessions, Hawkins quickly rose to fame following his recording of Body And Soul on 11th October 1939 - a tune considered by many to be among the finest jazz numbers ever. From then on, his relentless recording and touring schedules along with the pure quality of his work made him a central figure on the international jazz stage, a reputation he maintained for the rest of his life and beyond. Although by 1960 Hawkins had been in the business for nearly four decades, his contributions to some of the most important albums in modern jazz continued. His playing featured on the song Driva Man on Max Roach s legendary We Insist! (Candid, 1960) - a bold composition in support of the Civil Rights Movement and he performed too on vocalist Abbey Lincoln s Straight Ahead (Candid, 1961), on which he appeared alongside Roach, Eric Dolphy, Mal Waldron and Booker Little. Hawkins made many more notable appearances alongside other important names during the early 1960s, including Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Oscar Pettiford, Kenny Clarke, Nate Adderley, Howard McGhee and Lester Young. However, it would be on the albums featuring Hawkins as leader on which the sax man s star shone brightest. Always keen to promote new talent , 1960 s Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra (Crown) and Coleman Hawkins All Stars (Swingville) brought together a pool of young players, including drummer Osie Johnson, trumpeter Thad Jones and pianists Tommy Flanagan and Eddie Costa - although the latter was tragically killed in a car accident two years later. The following year would see the release of two of Hawkins most highly-regarded late period albums: Night Hawk (Swingville, 1961) - which featured a pairing with fellow tenor saxophonist Eddie Lockjaw Davis - and The Hawk Relaxes (Moodsville, 1961), which boasted appearances from pianist Ronnie Bright, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Ron Carter on bass and drummer Andrew Cyrille. Hawkins would also pay tribute to many of the popular standards that had formed the foundation of his career on Good Old Broadway and Make Someone Happy (both Moodsville, 1962). Sadly, by this point, Hawkins was drinking heavily and his recording output has begun to wane, although he still had time to appear alongside Sonny Rollins on Sonny Meets Hawk! (RCA Victor, 1963), and with an impressiveline-up of jazz legends on The Greatest Jazz Concert In The World (Pablo, 1975 - recorded 1967), including Oscar Peterson, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and T-Bone Walker. Old age and failing health finally caught up with the Hawk, however, and following a battle with liver disease he passed away aged 64 on 19th May 1969. 

Disc: 1
1. For You, For Me, For Evermore
2. While We'Re Young
3. Then I'Ll Be Tired Of You
4. Mighty Like A Rose
5. At Dawning
6. Trouble Is A Man
7. Poor Butterfly
8. I'Ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
9. Bean In Orbit
10. After Midnight
11. Hassle
12. Moodsville
13. Stalking

Disc: 2
1. You Blew Out The Flame In My Heart
2. More Bounce To The Vonce
3. I'M Beginning To See The Light
4. Cool Blue
5. Some Stretching
6. Cloudy
7. Almost Dawn
8. Stake Out
9. Cross Town
10. Shadows

Disc: 3
1. Night Hawk
2. There Is No Greater Love
3. In A Mellow Tone
4. Don'T Take Your Love From Me
5. Pedalin'
6. I'Ll Never Be The Same
7. When The Day Is Done
8. Under A Blanket Of Blue
9. More Than You Know
10. Moonglow
11. Just A Gigolo
12. Speak Low

Disc: 4
1. I Talk To The Trees
2. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
3. Wanting You
4. Strange Music
5. The Man That Got Away
6. Get Out Of Town
7. Here I'Ll Stay
8. A Fellow Needs A Girl
9. Wouldn'T It Be Loverly
10. Cry Like The Wind
11. Climb Ev'Ry Mountain
12. Make Someone Happy
13. Out Of My Dreams
14. Have I Told You Lately
15. I Believe In You


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