The Coleman Hawkins Collection 1927-56
Catalogue Number: FADCD2044
Coleman Hawkins was a hugely influential exponent of the tenor saxophone in jazz, being widely regarded as the first artist to establish the instrument as an essential component of the genre’s sound. Beginning his career in the early days of jazz in the late ‘20s, he became a major figure during the swing and big band eras spanning WWII, but also made a significant contribution to the bebop scene into the 1950s. His distinctive but highly adaptable style and sound enabled him to perform over the years in small bands and large orchestras alike both as sideman, leader and featured soloist, and this collection draws on examples of all those elements of his career, from his early recordings with Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra in 1927 through to bebop sessions alongside lush recordings with strings in the mid-‘50s. it’s a great value 48-track 2-CD , and along the way, there are contributions from many great names of the genre, too numerous to list here, but including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Cozy Cole, J.J. Johnson, Charlie Christian, Benny Carter, and many more. It’s a worthy addition to the Fabulous label’s Jazz Legends series.