Sunday, September 24, 2006

You can never have too much Coleman Hawkins

I did get to do some serious music shoping while we were in New York, mostly at hole in the wall places downtown. Take-homes included:

  • Coleman Hawkins (pictured) - Hawkins Alive at the Village Gate. 1962. A Japanese re-issue of a Verve recording, very nicely done.
  • Coleman Hawkins - Coleman Hawkins and His Confreres. 1961. The dates feature Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge and the Oscar Peterson Trio back when Ray Brown was still in that band.
  • Lionel Hampton - Ring Dem Vibes. 1976.
  • Elvin Jones - Jazz Machine. 1999. A live recording from the Blue Note.
  • Illinois Jacquet - The Blues, That's Me! 1969. IJ was a tenor sax player, but on this album he plays a Bassoon of all things on Monk's 'Round Midnight'. Great boozy sounding blues.
  • Red Garland - Solar. 1962.
  • Iro Haarla - Northbound. 2005. These newer ECM recordings are somewhat avant, but the musicians are excellent and the recordings tend to be peerless.
  • Shelly Manne & His Men - At the Blackhawk #1. 1959. This is good west coast cool. There are actually five seperate albums released by Contemporary Records from this series of performances.
  • Milt Jackson - Self titled. 1955. Very hard to beat this one.
A very good trip indeed!!! My wife wonders at my ability to unearth Coleman Hawkins records that we don't already have lying around the house. Well, there's always the next trip.


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