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Coleman Hawkins might be best known for his late-'30s classic "Body and Soul," but his subsequent work during the '40s, often with the best beboppers in attendance, makes up the cornerstone of his great career. In full flower and continuing to hone his tenor chops, Hawkins marked the immediate post-war years with a bevy of combo swing and ballad gems. This slim yet fine roundup features some of the highlights. From swing watermarks as "Caravan" to his won "Stuffy," Hawkins is in top form throughout.


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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