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This remastered two-fer combines tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins' 1963 releases Today and Now and Desafinado. Originally, these LPs were released separately on Impulse. Today is a straight-ahead date with pleasant renditions of the standards "Go Li'l Liza," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," and "Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet." Desafinado is an attempt to match Brazilian rhythms with standards such as "I Remember You," "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover (Jazz Samba)," and the title track. Both sessions are enjoyable, relaxing, and breezy. While new liner notes are absent, Impulse had the good taste to restore the original packaging: front and back cover art and liner notes.


Born: 21 November 1904 in St. Joseph, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Coleman Hawkins was the first important tenor saxophonist and he remains one of the greatest of all time. A consistently modern improviser whose knowledge of chords and harmonies was encyclopedic, Hawkins had a 40-year prime (1925-1965) during which he could hold his own with any competitor. Coleman Hawkins started piano lessons when he was five, switched to cello at age seven, and two years later began on tenor. At a time when the saxophone was considered a novelty instrument, used in vaudeville...
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