Hawkins, Coleman

Hawkins, Coleman

Hawkins, Coleman, 1904-69, American jazz musician, b. St. Joseph, Mo. He began playing saxophone at the age of 9. He was part of Fletcher Henderson's band from 1924 until 1934. Hawkins established the tenor saxophone as a major jazz instrument. His enormous tone, vigorous attack, and improvisatory genius both in ballads and up-tempo pieces made his influence pervasive. Because his style constantly evolved, Hawkins was distinguished even in the company of avant-garde jazz musicians from 1945 until 1969.

Coleman Hawkins, c. 1943.

(born Nov. 21, 1904, St. Joseph, Mo., U.S.—died May 19, 1969, New York, N.Y.) U.S. jazz musician. Hawkins came to prominence as a member of Fletcher Henderson's big band (1924–34), with which he absorbed the style of Louis Armstrong and developed the smooth legato phrasing and robust tone that set the technical standard for all tenor players. He worked in Europe (1934–39) and soon after his return recorded “Body and Soul,” which became a commercial success and one of the masterpieces of improvised jazz. Hawkins was the first important tenor saxophone soloist in jazz. He was receptive to the harmonic advances made by younger players, who widely acknowledged his influence.

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Body and Soul is an album by the jazz tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, including recordings made between 1939 and 1956. It takes its name from one of Hawkins' most famous performances — a 1939 recording of "Body and Soul"; the album also contains a 1956 recording of the same piece. (Because of the fame of the 1939 recording, there have been a number of compilations with the same title, including another from RCA, under its Topaz imprint, and a boxed set from Proper.

Track listing

  1. "Meet Doctor Foo" (Hawkins) –2:32
  2. "Fine Dinner" (Hawkins) –2:33
  3. "She's Funny That Way" (Whiting–Daniels) –3:14
  4. "Body and Soul" (Heyman–Green–Sour) –3:00
  5. "When Day Is Done" (Katscher–deSylva) –3:15
  6. "The Sheik of Araby" Wheeler–Smith–Snyder) –2:56
  7. "My Blue Heaven" (Whiting–Donaldson) –2:46
  8. "Bouncing with Bean" (Hawkins) –3:03
  9. "Say It Isn't So" (Berlin) –2:57
  10. "Spotlite" (Hawkins) –3:06
  11. "April in Paris" (Harburg–Duke) –3:06
  12. "How Strange" (Prozorovsky–Brent–Kahn–Stothart) –3:02
  13. "Half Step Down, Please" (Dameron–Hawkins) –3:02
  14. "Angel Face" (Jones) –3:12
  15. "There Will Never Be Another You" (Warren–Gordon) –2:57
  16. "The Bean Stalks Again" (Hawkins) –3:24
  17. "Body and Soul" –4:51
  18. "I Love Paris" (Porter) –3:30
  19. "Under Paris Skies" (Gannon–Drejac–Giraud) –2:45

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