Saturday, 26 September 2009

Coleman Hawkins "Sirius"

Coleman Hawkins
(LP Pablo Records, 1974)
Catalog # 2310-707

** also issued on Fantasy OJCCD 861-2

Personnel :
Coleman Hawkins, Tenor sax
Barry Harris, Piano
Bob Cranshaw, Bass
Eddie Locke, Drums

NYC, December 20, 1966

Tracklisting :
01 The Man I Love
02 Don't Blame Me
03 Just A Gigolo
04 The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)
05 Time On My Hands (You In My Arms)
06 Sweet And Lovely
07 Exactly Like You
08 Street Of Dreams
09 Sugar (That Sugar Baby O' Mine)

Review :
Hawkins's final studio session is rather sad. Due to an excess of drink and his unwillingness to eat, the great tenor-saxophonist went steadily downhill between 1965 and his death four years later. Recorded in late 1966, this quartet set finds Hawk constantly short of breath and unable to play long phrases. He is able to get away with this deficiency on the faster pieces but the ballads are rather painful to hear. Even at this late stage Hawkins still had his majestic tone but this recording is only of historical interest.
by Scott Yanow [AMG]


Anonymous said...


soultrane said...

A trully sax MASTER.

Coltrane and Hawkins on the same page.

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