Coleman Hawkins

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Mr Coleman Randolph Hawkins was one of the prominent tenor voices both before and through the bop era.
Begining his career as early as 1920, he recorded until the end of the 60's, featuring with (one could probably say they featured with him) countless other giants (Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson).
His influence was deep on other musicians.
His intense and unique saxophone voice can be discovered on The Hawk Flies High (Riverside), while most of his extensive discography is highly recommendable.

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Coleman Randolph Hawkins (November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969), nicknamed Hawk and sometimes "Bean", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim E. Berendt explained: "there were some tenor players before him, but the instrument was not an acknowledged jazz horn". While Hawkins is strongly associated with the swing music and big band era, he had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s.

Fellow saxophonist Lester Young, known as "Pres", commented in a 1959 interview with The Jazz Review: "As far as I'm concerned, I think Coleman Hawkins was the President first, right? As far as myself, I think I'm the second one." Miles Davis once said: "When I heard Hawk, I learned to play ballads."

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Saxes Inc. / Trombone Scene Coleman Hawkins / Zoot Sims / Phil Woods 1
A Retrospective: 1929-1963 Coleman Hawkins 1
Body And Soul Coleman Hawkins 1
Greatest Hits Coleman Hawkins 1
Just Sax Coleman Hawkins 1
Original Jazz Classics Collection Coleman Hawkins 1
Reunion in Hi-Fi: The Complete Classic Sessions Coleman Hawkins & Henry “Red” Allen 2
The Chronological Classics: Coleman Hawkins 1953-1954 Coleman Hawkins 1
The Indispensable Coleman Hawkins: “Body and Soul” (1927–1956) Coleman Hawkins 1
The Stanley Dance Sessions Coleman Hawkins 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 At The Opera House Coleman Hawkins & Roy Eldridge 1
2001 The Hawk in Paris Coleman Hawkins with Manny Albam and His Orchestra 1
2001 Bean and the Boys Coleman Hawkins 1
Live in Concert Coleman Hawkins 1
Lover Man Coleman Hawkins 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Ben Webster & Coleman Hawkins Ben Webster & Coleman Hawkins 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1939 A Fine Dinner / Body and Soul Coleman Hawkins 1
Avalon / What a Difference a Day Made Coleman Hawkins 1
Blue Moon / Avalon Coleman Hawkins acc. par Michel Warlop et son orchestre avec Arthur Briggs 2
Blue Moon / Star Dust Coleman Hawkins 1
Blue Moon / What a Difference a Day Made Coleman Hawkins acc. par Michel Warlop et son orchestre avec Arthur Briggs 3

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Very Saxy Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Buddy Tate, Coleman Hawkins & Arnett Cobb 1
Coleman Hawkins: Body And Soul Coleman Hawkins 1
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins 1
Jazz/Tones Coleman Hawkins 1
The Genius of Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The Hawk Swings, Volume 2 Coleman Hawkins 1
2007 At Newport Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Pete Brown Jo Jones 1

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