Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Coleman Hawkins - Soul

This is a decent but not very exciting outing. Then 52, Hawkins uses a typically young rhythm section (including guitarist Kenny Burrell and pianist Ray Bryant) and plays melodically on a variety of originals and standards. This insipid version of "Greensleeves" is difficult to sit through but the rest of this CD is enjoyable if not overly inspiring. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Coleman Hawkins may not have been the Godfather of "Soul" but he certainly was the Godfather of the Jazz Saxophone. After kick starting his second career with "The Hawk Flies High" and "The Genius of Coleman Hawkins" in 1957, Hawk recorded the first of several successful sessions for the Prestige label on November 7, 1958, and the album was called "Soul." That session featured the talents of a young Kenny Burrell on guitar, Ray Bryant on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass and Osie Johnson on drums. The group smoothly glides through three standards (including the traditional
"Greensleeves"), two Burrell originals ("Groovin'" and "Sunday Mornin'") and two Hawkins originals ("Soul Blues" and Sweetnin'"). "Soul" probably only deserves 4 1/2 stars, as it is not quite as masterful as "The Hawk Flies High," but I have no problem rounding up to five stars. In fact, all of Hawk's half-dozen OJC discs are well worth purchasing. - by Michael Brad Richman, Amazon.com

Artist: Coleman Hawkins
Album: Soul
Year: 1958 (Prestige Records)
Label: OJC (1984)
Runtime: 41:21
Recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Recording Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, November 7, 1958

Tracks:
1.  Soul Blues (Coleman Hawkins) 9:52
2.  I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Ray Noble) 4:34
3.  Groovin' (Kenny Burrell) 5:43
4.  Greensleeves (Traditional) 3:12
5.  Sunday Mornin' (Kenny Burrell) 6:29
6.  Until the Real Thing Comes Along (Sammy Cahn/Saul Chaplin/L.E. Freeman/Mann Holiner/Alberta Nichols)  4:42
7.  Sweetnin' (Coleman Hawkins) 6:49

Personnel:
Coleman Hawkins (Tenor Saxophone)
Kenny Burrell (Guitar)
Ray Bryant (Piano)
Wendell Marshall (Double Bass)

Osie Johnson (Drums)

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