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Tiny GRIMES With Coleman HAWKINS – Blues Groove 1958

Posted in Coleman HAWKINS, JAZZ, Tiny GRIMES on December 13, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Tiny GRIMES With Coleman HAWKINS – Blues Groove 1958
1989 Issue.


Nice laidback blowing session that brings together the talents of guitarist Tiny Grimes and tenorist Coleman Hawkins. Hawkins is at his gutsy best here, and really kicks in deep next to Grimes’ bluesy guitar. Other players on the session include Ray Bryant and Musa Kaleem, and the tracks are all long, with titles like “Blues Wail”, “A Smooth One”, and “Soul Station”. Also issued under Grimes’ name as a leader – with the same title.
From Dusty Groove.
True to its title, the focus here is the blues, as played by a group with an encyclopedic mastery of the genre and an equally impressive depth in swing styles. Leader Tiny Grimes may be playing a four-string guitar, but his Charlie Christian-influenced sound is big, fluid, and expressive. Teamed with Coleman Hawkins’ timeless tenor, Grimes performs with passion, skill, and down-home joy.

The impressive lineup also includes pianist Ray Bryant, whose supple technique and easygoing virtuosity fuel the music with relentless drive and eloquent, bluesy solos. Four of the five tracks include Musa Kaleem on flute. Kaleem, known as Gonga Musa when he worked as a tenor player with Art Blakey in the late ’40s, contributes an effective counter to Hawkins’ smoky tone. Bassist Earl Wormack and drummer Teagle Fleming Jr. are the well-recorded heartbeat in these blues grooves.

The set opens with the leader’s 17-minute-plus “Marchin’ Along,” a mid-tempo blues that affords Grimes, Hawkins, and Bryant each a lengthy stretch of choruses on the tune’s basic riff structure. The performances are rounded out by two more good blues from Grimes, Benny Goodman’s “A Smooth One” and a memorable version of “April in Paris” that is executed with a light, swinging touch.

This music will appeal to fans of Grimes’ vintage electric guitar and to those interested in an opportunity to hear Hawkins take an extended foray into the blues.
By Jim Todd. AMG.
Tiny Grimes- (Guitar)
Coleman Hawkins- (Tenor Sax)
Ray Bryant- (Piano)
Musa Kaleem- (Flute)
Earl Wormack- (Bass)
Teagle Fleming- (Drums)
01. Marchin’ Along 17:37
02. A Smooth One 5:55
03. Blues Wail 6:45
04. April in Paris 6:40
05. Soul Station 7:48

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Coleman HAWKINS – Alive! 1962

Posted in Coleman HAWKINS, JAZZ on November 27, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Coleman HAWKINS – Alive! 1962
1992 Issue


For two years, I listened to this every Sunday night, while working feverishly until dawn.  Why?  This was just a club date featuring a saxophonist who became famous in the 1920s and who drank himself to death seven years later.  Listen to this, and hear the granddaddy of the tenor sax (which was just a vaudeville joke or marching band instrument before Coleman Hawkins).  You’ll hear a master in his late 50s giving it his all and taking risks in front of the impeccable Tommy Flanagan.  45 years later, this has yet to sound dated.
From the mid-’50s until Coleman Hawkins’s death in 1969, the tenor-saxophonist frequently teamed up with trumpeter Roy Eldridge to form a potent team. However, Hawkins rarely met altoist Johnny Hodges on the bandstand, making this encounter a special event. Long versions of “Satin Doll,” “Perdido” and “The Rabbit in Jazz” give these three classic jazzmen (who are ably assisted by the Tommy Flanagan Trio) chances to stretch out and inspire each other. The remainder of this CD has Eldridge and Hodges absent while Coleman Hawkins (on “new” versions of “Mack the Knife,” “It’s the Talk of the Town,” “Bean and the Boys” and “Caravan”) heads the quartet for some excellent playing. Timeless music played by some of the top veteran stylists of the swing era.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
Tommy Flanagan- Piano
Major Holley- Bass
Eddie Locke- Drums
Roy Eldridge- Trumpet
Coleman Hawkins- Alto Sax
Johnny Hodges- Alto Sax
01. Satin Doll  (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn)  11:15
02. Perdido  Drake (Lengsfelder, Tizol)  11:35
03. The Rabbit in Jazz  (Hawkins, Hodges)  16:45
04. Mack the Knife  (Blitzstein, Brecht, Weill)  8:29
05. It’s the Talk of the Town  (Livingston, Neiburg, Symes)  7:23
06. Bean and the Boys (Hawkins)  6:53
07. Caravan  (Ellington, Mills, Tizol)  10:30

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Coleman HAWKINS – Disorder At The Border 1962

Posted in Coleman HAWKINS, JAZZ on November 19, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Coleman HAWKINS – Disorder At The Border 1962
Recorded at Brussels 4/5 June 1962
2007 Issue.


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Coleman Hawkins- Tenor Sax
Georges Arvanitas- Piano
Mickey Baker- Guitar
Jimmy Woode- Bass
Kansas Field- Drums
01. Desorder At The Border 9:17
02. Daybreak In Dinant 8:02
03. Stan’s Palace 8:40
04. Dali 4:32
05. Riviera Blues 6:49
06. Rifftide 9*:07
07. On My Way 4:43

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