Coleman Hawkins - On Broadway (1997)
Jazz | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 75 min | 176 MB
Label: Fantasy Records | Rel: 1997
This single CD has all of the music from tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins' two LPs Good Old Broadway and Make Someone Happy, plus two numbers from a third album, The Jazz Version of No Strings. In general, Hawkins' output for Prestige tended to be a bit disappointing and lackluster, not due to weak playing on his part (Hawk was still very much in his musical prime) but because of indifferent material and unimaginative frameworks. Joined by pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Major Holley, and drummer Eddie Locke, Hawkins primarily plays show tunes, with some (such as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "The Man That Got Away," and "Get Out of Town") being much more durable than others (such as "Talk to the Trees," "Cry Like the Wind," and "Have I Told You Lately"). Most of the performances clock in around four minutes, and despite some decent playing, the overall effect lacks much excitement and is a bit forgettable.