Coleman Hawkins – Coleman Hawkins And Confreres (1958) [Analogue Productions 2012]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:47 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,4 GB
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This unique 1958 recording is a collaboration between Coleman Hawkins and the Oscar Peterson Trio. Hawkins’s voluminous, supple tenor sax sound, which had a great influence on the styles of musicians ranging from Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins up to Joe Lovano, is best heard on Honey Flower. The album features Ben Webster on tenor sax, Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, George Duvivier on double bass and drummers Alvin Stoller and Mickey Sheen.
Ben Webster had long before passed through the ranks of imitator, then pupil and finally master. His ‘college attendance,’ as one might put it, in the Duke Ellington Orchestra gave him a sureness of expression in his great showpieces and he also learned to hold his own against such musical giants as Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton. ‘Hawk’ was able to thoroughly enjoy his fame in numerous Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts given all over the world, where, of course, he had to assert himself against many other saxophone players.
Two such JATP ensembles are to be found on the Confrères LP. The relaxed atmosphere is particularly noticeable in the title ‘Sunday’ in which Roy Eldridge comes into the limelight with a brilliant solo. And just listen to George Buvivier’s marvelous bass playing (in ‘Nabab!’) where he certainly has no reason to hide in the shadow thrown by Ray Brown. Coleman Hawkins’ voluminous, supple sound which had a great influence on the styles of musicians ranging from Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins up to Joe Lovano, is best heard after Roy’s solo in ‘Honey Flower.’ The rhythm section blends together in fine rapport. This is a healthy example of uncluttered, uncomplexed, and unneurotic jazz blowing by as worthy a company of musicians as could be desired.
04. Honey Flower
Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge – trumpet
Hank Jones – piano
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone on “1”
Oscar Peterson – piano on “1”
Herb Ellis – guitar on “1”
Ray Brown – bass on “1”
Alvin Stoller – drums on “1”
George Duvivier – bass
Mickey Sheen – drums
Recorded in New York City on February 7, 1958, except “1” on October 16, 1957 in Los Angeles, CA.
Mastered for this SACD by George Marino at Sterling Sound, NYC.