Analogue Productions / Impulse - AIPJ 26 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Mastered By Kevin Gray at Acoustech Mastering - Impulse A-26
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It’s quite astonishing but true: it took 20 years for 'Hawk' and 'The Duke' to get together in the recording studio. The Ellington septet provides a rich carpet of sound for the full tone of the tenor sax and gives 'The Bean' (as Coleman Hawkins was also called) all the room in the world for his lengthy improvisations. Hawkins finds his way with surprising ease in Ellington’s world and such hits as "Mood Indigo" and "The Jeep Is Jumpin’" demonstrate to the full the amazing class of the ensemble and soloists. The "Self Portrait Of The Bean" is a further, highly successful number by one of the greats of jazz history; when the piece came to an end, Duke jumped off his piano stool and shouted »Magnifique!«. And we should join him, for this is a truly splendid album! Additionally, it is a testimony to the mutual respect and recognition of the musicians.
What a piece of luck that this recording is now available once again as an LP. There’s not even a tinge of patina on these 45-year-old recordings.
Collaborative albums such as this one always have been something of a stunt on the part of the record label, with the artists themselves usually stuck with too little time to work out something that would easily act as a functional compromise. Many of these albums, then, have faded away with time.
Impulse!, however, had more than its share of solid collaborations, with some moments of glory thrown in for good measure. This one isn't really one of those moments of glory, but it is a lot of fun, whether it's the daffy cut-up of "Limbo Jazz" or the slow New Orleans smoke of "Wanderlust." All present turn in nice performances on this set of Ellington numbers. - Steven McDonald, Courtesy All Music
It really doesn't get much better than Coleman Hawkins & Duke together on one record, intentionally paired together as leaders.
Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone
Duke Ellington, Piano
Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone
Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Ray Nance, Violin, Cornet
Lawrence Brown, Trombone
Aaron Bell, Bass
Sam Woodyard, Drums
1. Limbo Jazz
2. Mood Indigo
3. Self-Portrait (Of the Bean)
4. The Ricitic
5. Ray Charles' Place
6. The Jeep is Jumpin'
7. You Dirty Dog
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