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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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