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  • Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra (Pure Pleasure) Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra (Pure Pleasure)

    The 'Hawk' Talks Of Many Things:
    Actual playing experience on the job is the best way to learn to think. Improvising is playing with a lot of thought behind it; but none of the hard work that goes into thinking should show up in your playing. Too often improvising is really copying. To really improvise, a musician needs to know everything - not only his instrument, but harmony, composition, theory, the whole works. It's more important than ever today. ('Today' being 1960)



    When you don't have control (of your instrument), you can't incorporate the ideas that you hear and feel into your style. That's what's wrong with so many of the players coming up today. Sure I was advanced for my time in those early days, for just that reason - I had studied hard since I was five, and studied classics all my life, and it gives me an advantage over the other fellows I was playing with.



    Musicians:



    • Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone)

    • Thad Jones (trumpet)

    • Eddie Costa (piano, vibraphone)

    • George Duvivier (bass)

    • Osie Johnson (drums)



    Recording: April - June 1973 by Glen Kolotkin

    Production: Carlos Santana, Maitreya Michael Shrieve and Tom Coster



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Bean In Orbit
    2. After Midnight
    3. Hassle
    4. Moodsville
    5. Stalking
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • The Hawk Relaxes The Hawk Relaxes Quick View

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    The Hawk Relaxes

    Like a fine wine, Coleman Hawkins proves on The Hawk Relaxes that good things only get better with age. Joined by six-string maestro Kenny Burrell, the
    legendary tenor saxophonist grooves in a mellow mood in this quintet setting alongside pianist Ronnell Bright, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Andrew
    Cyrille. A high water mark in his later career, The Hawk Relaxes showcases the understated sophistication of Hawkins' playing as he makes instant
    classics out of tunes from the Great American Songbook in a style befitting of an evening by the fire, the calm ocean, or a late night with a sweetheart
    over candles and wine. This quintet, quite possibly the most unique Hawkins ever fronted, delivers a supple, relaxed, and sophisticated affair on par with
    anything he ever did during this period. Recorded by the inimitable Rudy Van Gelder, this classic jazz album has now been newly reissued on VINYL and
    is a must-have for both the casual fan and the hard-core jazz aficionado.
    1. I'll Never Be The Same
    2. When Day Is Done
    3. Under A Blanket Of Blue
    4. More Than You Know
    5. Moonglow
    6. Just A Gigolo
    7. Speak Low
    Coleman Hawkins
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    Ben Webster And Associates

    Tenor Titans Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, and Budd Johnson and joined by trumpeter Roy Eldridge, bassist Ray Brown and more! Ben Webster is at the Top of his Game! A Phenomenal Jazz Session!!!


    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    While it is difficult to single out just one of the musicians, it is easy to distinguish them: Ben (called The Brute) plays with a raspy, vibrating sound; Coleman (known as The Bear) is a master of flowing swing; and Budd has an earthy, resonant bluesy sound. The five numbers reflect the jam-like spontaneity of the 1959 session; an Ellington classic by the three in a masterful, inspirational new interpretation; three pieces which are intrinsically and hoc improvisations; and a classical ballad in which Ben Webster breathes warmth and sentiment into his instrument.


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    1. In a Mellow Tone
    2. Young Bean
    3. Budd Johnson
    4. Time After Time
    5. De-Dar
    Ben Webster
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  • Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure) Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure)

    This is a memorable meeting of a pair of genial giants - Sonny Rollins, who has been called again and again the boss of the modern tenor sax, and Coleman Hawkins, who is the father of jazz saxophone playing.



    Each has made enormous contributions to jazz improvisation, beyond the limits of his instrument. The sum total of their work forms the impressive foundation for this once-in-a-lifetime album.



    This recording is extraordinary in every sense, and not merely in that it marks the first time (except for a brief on-stage appearance at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival, which inspired this studio recording) that these great musicians have played together. Each has blended his own strong personality with the other's, yet neither has lost his individuality. Where one reaches into the other's 'bag', it is done with musical logic and respect; always, the goal of a cohesive duet relationship is uppermost in each of their minds. And perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this album is that neither musician plays safe; each exercises his powerful imagination throughout, running all the risks entailed in daring improvisation - but gaining also the satisfactions inherent in such an approach.



    Musicians:



    • Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)

    • Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone)

    • Paul Bley (piano)

    • Henry Grimes (bass)

    • Bob Cranshaw (bass)

    • Roy McCurdy (drums)




    Recording: July 1963 in New York City by Mickey Crofford and Paul Goodman

    Production: George Avakian



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Yesterdays
    2. All the Things You Are
    3. Summertime
    4. Just Friends
    5. Lover Man
    6. At McKie's
    Sonny Rollins
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  • Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster (Bonus Track) Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster (Bonus Track) Quick View

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    Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster (Bonus Track)

    Import


    Includes bonus tracks from the same session but not included on the original LP

    1. Blues For Yolande
    2. It Never Entered My Mind
    3. La Rosita
    4. Cocktails For Two
    5. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
    6. Prisoner Of Love
    7. Tangerine
    8. Shine On Harvest Moon
    9. La Rosita (short alt. version)*


    *Bonus Track

    Coleman Hawkins
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  • 2, 3, 4 2, 3, 4 Quick View

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    2, 3, 4

    This unique session contains five selections from a date featuring the great tenor Coleman Hawkins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Shelly Manne. Both Take the 'A' Train and Cherokee find the group at times playing two tempos at once and showing that they had heard some of the avant-garde players. The most swinging piece, Avalon, was previously available only on a sampler while Me and Some Drums features Hawkins and Manne in a very effective duet with the veteran tenor making his only recorded appearance on piano during the first half. The set is rounded out by a pair of trio features for Eddie Costa (with Duvivier and Manne); one song apiece on vibes and drums. A very interesting set with more than its share of surprises.



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    1. Take the A Train
    2. The Sicks of Us
    3. Slowly
    4. Lean on Me
    5. Cherokee
    6. Me and Some Drums
    Shelly Manne
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  • Today And Now Today And Now Quick View

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    Today And Now

    Coleman Hawkins recorded three sessions for Impulse Records in the early to mid '60's. Of the three, Today And Now is the most compelling and the unusual choice of repertoire is what sets the album apart. The Hawk plays with an abandon that is altogether effortless throughout and his versions of the traditional song Go Li'l Liza and the fairly obscure Quincy Jones ballad Quintessence are creatively rendered. His band consisting of pianist Tommy Flanagan, bass player Major Holley and drummer Eddie Locke, back the tenor king here with a similar imaginative approach. A largely impromptu session, each song develops and evolves with each chorus, and it would serve as one of Hawkins' last great records.
    1. Go Li'l Liza
    2. Quintessence
    3. Don't Love Me
    4. Love Song From 'Apache'
    5. Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet
    6. Swingin' Scotch
    7. Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Encounters Ben Webster Encounters Ben Webster Quick View

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    Encounters Ben Webster

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    As critic Nat Hentoff makes clear, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster were larger than life. Formidable, even forbidding presences, they revealed a depth of feeling in their playing that spoke of their vast life experiences, as great writers or painters speak through their work.


    Recorded in 1957.


    Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone

    Ray Brown, bass

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Oscar Peterson, piano

    Alvin Stoller, drums

    1. Blues for Yolande
    2. It Never Entered My Mind
    3. La Rosita
    4. You's Be So Nice to Come Home To
    5. Prisoner of Love
    6. Tangerine
    7. Shine On Harvest Moon
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Coleman Hawkins And Confreres Coleman Hawkins And Confreres Quick View

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    Coleman Hawkins And Confreres

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    Ben Webster had long before passed through the ranks of imitator, then pupil and finally master. His college attendance, as one might put it, in the Duke Ellington Orchestra gave him a sureness of expression in his great showpieces and he also learned to hold his own against such musical giants as Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton. Hawk was able to thoroughly enjoy his fame in numerous Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts given all over the world, where, of course, he had to assert himself against many other saxophone players. Two such JATP ensembles are to be found on the Confrères LP. The relaxed atmosphere is particularly noticeable in the title Sunday in which Roy Eldridge comes into the limelight with a brilliant solo. And just listen to George Buvivier's marvelous bass playing (in Nabab!) where he certainly has no reason to hide in the shadow thrown by Ray Brown. Coleman Hawkins' voluminous, supple sound which had a great influence on the styles of musicians ranging from Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins up to Joe Lovano, is best heard after Roy's solo in Honey Flower.


    Originally released in 1958.


    Musicians:


    Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone

    Ray Brown, bass

    George Duvivier, bass

    Roy Eldridge, trumpet

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Hank Jones, piano

    Oscar Peterson, piano

    Mickey Sheen, drums

    Alvin Stoller, drums

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone

    1. Maria
    2. Sunday
    3. Hanid
    4. Honey Flower
    5. Nabob
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Wrapped Tight Wrapped Tight Quick View

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    Wrapped Tight

    Coleman Hawkins' last strong recording finds the veteran, 43 years after his recording debut with Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds, improvising creatively on a wide variety of material ranging from adventurous versions of Out of Nowhere and Wrapped Tight to Red Roses for a Blue Lady and Indian Summer.
    1. Wrapped Tight
    2. Intermezzo
    3. Out Of Nowhere
    4. Indian Summer
    5. Red Roses For A Blue Lady
    6. Marcheta
    7. Beautiful Girl
    8. She's Fit
    9. And I Still Love You
    10. Bean's Place
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Ben Webster And Sweets Edison Ben Webster And Sweets Edison Quick View

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    Ben Webster And Sweets Edison

    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    The two jazz giants Ben Webster and Harry Sweets Edison had long wanted to record an album together, and in 1962, they did. Although associated with two different orchestras (Edison was with Basie and Webster was with Ellington), these two swing kings found that they had a lot in common.


    This album features both horn men on three medium tempo blues, Better Go, Kitty, and Did You Call Her Today. Other than this, Webster gets two tenor features, contributing absolutely luscious solos on both How Long Has This Been Going On, and My Romance. After listening to these songs, there can be no doubt that Webster is one of the best balladeers jazz has ever produced. Edison gets his moment in the sun too. On the album closer, Sweets plays a wonderful, even fairly modern sounding, rendition of Embraceable You using a Harmon mute. The ballads, enhanced by the wonderful harmonic sense of pianist Hank Jones, are the highlight of this release, and show both Webster and Sweets' unbeatable melodic sense.


    Ben Webster was considered to be on of the three most important 'swing tenors' along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Known by some as The Brute, he had a tough, raspy and brutal tone on stompes but could deliver warmth and sentiment on softer ballads. Trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison spent his early childhood in Kentucky where he was introduced to music by his uncle. After moving back to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio at the age of 12, he began playing the trumpet with local bands, eventually landing a spot with the Count Basie Orchestra.


    Tenor-saxophonist Ben Webster and trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison, both veterans of the swing era (although associated with different orchestras), had long wanted to record a full album together. The results, a swinging quintet set with pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Clarence Johnston, are quite rewarding. There are two ballad features for the tenor (How Long Has This Been Going on and a beautiful version of My Romance) and one for Edison (Embraceable You) along with three medium-tempo collaborations. Nothing unexpected occurs but the melodic music is quite enjoyable. - Scott Yanow, Allmusic.com


    At a time when some are steering jazz up a rather shallow third stream and others are busy digging up its roots, Webster and Edison are only motivated by the sheer love of playing.


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    1. Better Go
    2. How Long Has This Been Going On
    3. Kitty
    4. My Romance
    5. Did You Call Her Today
    6. Embraceable You
    Ben Webster & Sweets Edison
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  • It's Time For Tina It's Time For Tina Quick View

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    It's Time For Tina

    Everyone's favorite red-haired castaway and star of Gilligan's Island, the lovely Tina Louise, shows off her prodigious talents on this rarely heard collection of late night lounge classics - featuring Coleman Hawkins on sax!
    1. Tonight Is the Night
    2. Hands Across The Table

    3. Snuggled On Your Shoulder
    4. Embraceable You
    5. I'm In the Mood for Love
    6. Baby, Won't You Say You Love Me
    7. It's Been a Long, Long Time
    8. Hold Me
    9. I Wanna Be Loved
    10. Let's Do It
    11. How Long Has This Been Going On?
    12. Goodnight My Love
    Tina Louise
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  • Night Hawk Night Hawk Quick View

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    Night Hawk

    Hawkins was one of the main inspirations of his fellow tenor Eddie Lockjaw Davis, so it was logical that they would one day meet up in the recording studio. This LP has many fine moments from these two highly competitive jazzmen, particularly the lengthy title cut and a heated tradeoff on In a Mellow Tone, on which Davis goes higher but Hawkins wins on ideas.
    1. Night Hawk
    2. There Is No Greater Love
    3. In a Mellow Tone
    4. Don't Take Your Love from Me
    5. Pedalin'
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Quick View

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    Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins

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    For years Duke Ellington and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins promised each other that they would one day find a way to collaborate on an album. Finally, in 1962, they recorded at the famed Rudy Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey, with a small personnel from the Ellington band. The event was marked by the combination of the guest tenor's distinctive and expansive tones, the rich ensemble sound, and of course, the extraordinary Ellington compositions. Duke Ellington covered the piano and brought with him Aaron Bell, brass; Lawrence Brown, trombone; Sam Woodyard, drums; and Ray Nance, cornet and violin. What became obvious almost immediately was the interplay of Hawkin's tenor and Harry Carney on alto saxophone and the alto voicing of Johnny Hodges. Highlights include the infectious calypso-like opening of Limbo Jazz that moves from solos by Hodges, Ray Nance and Lawrence Brown to a solo by Coleman Hawkins. Ellington's classic Mood Indigo is the perfect vehicle for Hawkins with his rich, resonant phrasing. Wanderlust, which was first recorded in 1938, is revived here with Lawrence Brown and Ray Nance contributing to the blues mood of the piece. Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins features two legendary masters of jazz in a meeting that remains as masterful and thrilling as it did when it first took place in 1962.

    1. Limbo Jazz
    2. Mood Indigo
    3. Ray Charles' Place
    4. Wanderlust
    5. You Dirty Dog
    6. Self Portrait (Of the Bean)
    7. The Jeep Is Jumpin'
    8. The Ricitic
    Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins
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  • Monk's Music Monk's Music Quick View

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    Monk's Music


    Special Vinyl Reissue


    This Is One Of Monk's Pivotal Recordings And Is An Essential Addition To All Jazz Collections.


    Monk's Music is often cited as one of the focal points of Thelonious Monk's six-year affiliation (1955-1961) with the Riverside label. Although the original
    disc clocked in at slightly over 30 minutes, packed into that half hour are not only the introduction of a few of Monk's signature compositions, but also
    some amazing interactions from the assembled ensemble. Joining Thelonious Monk (piano) during these two recording sessions are Ray Copeland
    (trumpet), Gigi Gryce (alto sax), Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wilbur Ware (bass), and Art Blakey (drums).
    This special vinyl re-issue of Monk's classic album is not to be missed!


    Thelonious Monk: the legendary jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the giants of American music.

    1. Abide With Me
    2. Well You Needn't
    3. Ruby My Dear
    4. Off Minor
    5. Epistrophy
    6. Crepuscule With Nellie
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Blues For Rampart Street Blues For Rampart Street Quick View

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    Blues For Rampart Street

    The jazz and blues singer Ida Cox was born in 1896 in Toccoa, GA. By the 1910s she was performing in minstrel shows throughout the South and by 1920 appearing alongside Jelly Roll Morton at the 81 Theater in Atlanta. She recorded dozens of sides in the 1920s for Paramount, performed at Carnegie Hall in 1940, and performed on record with Charlie Christian and Lionel Hampton in the 1940s. All of which is to say that, by the time she cut this LP with the Coleman Hawkins Quintet in 1961, she had already achieved the status of "legend". This record turned out to be her final artistic statement, and what a way to go. An absolutely stunning collection of blues and jazz, Blues For Rampart Street inspired many of the artists of the '60s folk revival, including Barbara Dane.
    1. Blues For Rampart Street
    2. St. Louis Blues
    3. Fogyism
    4. Wild Women Don't Have The Blues
    5. Hard Time Blues
    6. Cherry Pickin' Blues
    7. Hard, Oh Lord
    8. Lawdy, Lawdy Blues
    9. Death Letter Blues
    10. Mama Goes Where Papa Goes
    Ida Cox
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  • The Hawk Swings The Hawk Swings Quick View

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    The Hawk Swings

    Recorded in NYC, and featuring Coleman Hawkins (tenor), Thad Jones (trumpet), George Duvivier (bass), Eddie Costa (piano and vibes), and Osie Johnson (drums), this brilliant LP is proof that in 1960 Hawkins was in prime form, and still making significant contributions to the genre 35 years after making his first record! Not only was Hawkins (born in 1904) a pioneer of the tenor saxophone, transforming the instrument from an obscure novelty instrument into one of the primary instruments of jazz, he also accompanied and propelled the saxophone throughout its many stylistic changes, as jazz itself developed and changed in the ensuing decades.
    1. Cloudy
    2. Almost Dawn
    3. Stake Out
    4. Cross Town
    5. Shadows
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Bean Bags Bean Bags Quick View

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    Bean Bags

    1959's Bean Bags features a meeting of greats with vibraphonist Milt Jackson and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Assisted by a top-notch quartet (pianist Tommy Flanagan, guitarist Kenny Burrell, bassist Eddie Jones, and drummer Connie Kay), Bean Bags features a pair of excellent Jackson originals to go along with a couple of fine ballads.
    1. Close Your Eyes
    2. Stuffy
    3. Don't Take Your Love From Me
    4. Get Happy
    5. Sandra's Blues
    6. Indian Blues
    Milt Jackson and Coleman Hawkins
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  • At Ease With Coleman Hawkins At Ease With Coleman Hawkins Quick View

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    At Ease With Coleman Hawkins

    Recorded in 1960 by the inimitable Rudy Van Gelder at his studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, At Ease With Coleman Hawkins finds tenor saxophonist
    Coleman Hawkins (nicknamed Hawk) effortlessly gliding through eight outstanding tracks in his trademark breathy tone. Miles Davis once said, "When I
    heard Hawk, I learned to play ballads," and At Ease shows why - at every turn - Hawkins blows with cool, understated beauty. Joined for this date by
    Tommy Flanagan on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums, Hawk turns in a laid-back, dream-like suite of ballads worthy of a
    spot in every sophisticated jazz fan's LP collection.
    1. For You, For Me, For Evermore
    2. While We're Young
    3. Then I'll Be Tired Of You
    4. Mighty Like A Rose
    5. At Dawning
    6. Trouble Is A Man
    7. Poor Butterfly
    8. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
    Coleman Hawkins
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    Far Cry

    Far Cry finds multi-reedist Eric Dolphy in a transitional phase, relinquishing Parker's governing universal impact and diving into the next controversial phase that critics began calling anti-jazz. On this date Booker Little's lyrical trumpet and Jackie Byard's confident grasp of multiple piano styles (though both steeped in hard bop) were sympathetic to the burgeoning avant-garde approach that Dolphy displays, albeit sparingly, on this session.


    Far Cry contains the initial performance of Dolphy's future jazz classic Miss Ann, along with his first recorded solo alto sax performance on Tenderly, in which Dolphy bridges the gap between the solo saxophone performances of Coleman Hawkins and Anthony Braxton.


    - Al Campbell (All Music Guide)

    1. Mrs. Parker of K. C. (Bird's Mother)
    2. Ode to Charlie Parker
    3. Far Cry
    4. Miss Ann
    5. Left Alone
    6. Tenderly
    7. It's Magic
    8. Serene
    Eric Dolphy
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    Out of the Forrest

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom


    Deep groove label LP pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock


    From the time Coleman Hawkins firmly established the tenor saxophone on the jazz map, it has been one of the most potent forces in the music, its best practitioners able to raise the roof with a jumping blues, soothe the savage beast with a tender love ballad, and do just about anything in between. At the time of this recording (1961), Jimmy Forrest, the St. Louis-born reedman, was a veteran of the Fate Marable, Jay McShann, Andy Kirk, and Duke Ellington bands. Later in his career he starred with Count Basie. Here he leads a quartet of teammates from the combo of Sweets Edison, including the young Austrian pianist Joe Zawinul, through a gamut of the aforementioned moods from Crash Program to the caressing That's All, with a few tips of the cap to Ben Webster along the way. With Joe Zawinul, Tommy Potter and Clarence Johnston.

    1. Bolo Blues
    2. I Cried for You (Now It's Your Turn to Cry Over Me)
    3. I've Got a Right to Cry
    4. This Can't Be Love
    5. By the River Sainte Marie
    6. Yesterdays
    7. Crash Program
    8. That's All
    Jimmy Forrest
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    The Hawk Flies High

    Chant
    Juicy Fruit
    Think Deep
    Laura
    Blue Lights
    Sancticity
    Coleman Hawkins
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
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    Jazz Reunion (Pure Pleasure)

    It is strange that two such individual musicians as Pee Wee Russell and Coleman Hawkins were kept apart for some 32 years but it is a fact that not since 1929 had they met in a recording studio. Pee Wee Russell's unique, and sometimes derided approach was praised as ahead of its time, and cited by some as an early example of free jazz. Coleman Hawkins, at the time of this 1961 Jazz Reunion record date dismissed any idea that Russell was now playing modern, claiming that he had always played that way. The greatly imaginative improvisations of Russell when at his best remain an inspiration to jazz clarinetists.



    On this album the whole group move with an elasticity which only comes when exactly the right mood is attained by all the musicians taking part. Pee Wee plays with deep passion throughout and Hawkins was never heard in better blowing form than this. His virile, robust solos are as forceful as anything he recorded in his long distinguished career. Emmett Berry's solos are models of tasteful improvisation. Brookmeyer displays a pretty turn of wit and builds his solos with ingenuity. With excellent arrangements by Nat Pierce and some lovely cymbal work from Jo Jones this really is a beauty.




    Musicians:



    • Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone)

    • Pee Wee Russell (clarinet)

    • Emmett Berry (trumpet)

    • Bob Brookmeyer (trombone)

    • Nat Pierce (piano)

    • Milt Hinton (bass)

    • Jo Jones (drums)




    Recording: February 1961 at Nola Penthouse Studio, New York City, by Bob d'Orleans
    Production: Nat Hentoff




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)

    2. Tin Tin Deo
    3. Mariooch
    4. All Too Soon
    5. 28th And 8th
    6. What Am I Here For
    Pee Wee Russell & Coleman Hawkins
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

    Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane is a 1961 album by Thelonious Monk issued on Jazzland Records, a subsidiary of Riverside Records. It consists of material recorded four years earlier when Monk worked extensively with John Coltrane, issued after Coltrane had become a leader and jazz star in his own right.


    Musicians:

    Thelonious Monk - piano

    John Coltrane - tenor saxophone

    Ray Copeland - trumpet on Off Minor and Epistrophy

    Gigi Gryce - alto saxophone on Off Minor and Epistrophy

    Coleman Hawkins - tenor saxophone on Off Minor and Epistrophy

    Wilbur Ware - bass

    Shadow Wilson - drums on Ruby, My Dear, Trinkle, Tinkle, and Nutty

    Art Blakey - drums on Off Minor and Epistrophy

    Ruby, My Dear
    Trinkle, Tinkle
    Off Minor
    Nutty
    Epistrophy
    Functional
    Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
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