CD Tenor Giants [Coleman Hawkins] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 6789432),
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Tenor Giants [Coleman Hawkins] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Smack
    2. Smack #5
    3. I Surrender, Dear
    4. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
    5. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me - (take 2)
    6. Dedication
    7. Esquire Bounce
    8. Boff Boff - (take 2)
    9. My Ideal
    10. Esquire Blues
    11. Sittin' In
    12. Stardust
    13. Body and Soul
    14. 46 West 52
    15. Blowin' up a Breeze
    16. Blowin' up a Breeze - (take 4)
    17. On the Sunny Side of the Street
    18. Monday at Minton's
    19. Monday at Minton's - (take 3)
    20. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You?
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 543 271

  • Credits

    Producers: Leonard Feather, Milt Gabler.
    Reissue producer: Orrin Keepnews.
    Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios) and Jeff Willens (Universal Music Studios-East).
    Personnel: Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Benny Carter (alto saxophone, clarinet, piano); Roy Eldridge, Cootie Williams (trumpet); Edmond Hall (clarinet); Art Tatum (piano); Bernard Addison, Al Casey (guitar); John Kirby, Oscar Pettiford (bass); Sid Catlett (drums).
    Recorded Reeves Sound, New York, New York on May 25, 1940 and WOR Recording Studios, New York, New York on December 4, 1943.
    Personnel: Chu Berry (tenor saxophone); Oran "Hot Lips" Page (vocals, trumpet); Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Clyde Hart (piano); Danny Barker, Al Casey (guitar); Artie Shapiro, Al Morgan (bass); Sid Catlett, Harry Jaeger (drums).
    Recorded at Brunswick Studio, New York, New York on November 10, 1938 and Reeves Sound, New York, New York on August 28, 1941.
    On this album, two of the best tenor saxophonists of the swing era meet. (However, don't be fooled. These two players are not heard together in one band.) In most critics' minds, Berry is ranked fourth in a list of swing era tenor players: just under Hawk, Lester Young and Ben Webster. Had his life not been cut short by a car collision at 31, he might have climbed the ranks.
    This CD featuring Berry and Hawkins is a gem, if only because it provides a wonderful opportunity to compare styles. Berry's sound is subtly different from Hawkins'. This is especially apparent on ballads like "Body and Soul" and "Star Dust." The main difference lies in the style of vibrato. Berry's sound harks back to a more 1920s feel: an approach that Hawkins himself had displaced. Hawkins, the more innovative of the two stylists, best displays his unique abilities on tracks such as "My Ideal" and "Dedication." A fascinating listen, TENOR GIANTS is a great example of topnotch small group swing.

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