In a career that spanned five decades, jazz giant Coleman Hawkins went through a number of phases. In the Fifties he was blowing with a vigor and huge, cutting-edge sound that harked back to the youthful abandon of his Fletcher Henderson years. Then he was the pioneer of the tenor saxophone before he recorded "Body and Soul" and reinforced his position as Emperor of the Tenor.
After encouraging and joining with the Young Turks of the bebop movement, Hawkins returned to the company of his swing-era colleagues, playing at the Metropole on Seventh Avenue. Here with trumpet ace Charlie Shavers he rips and roars, even raising the mercury in his ballad solo, "La Rosita," and digging in deep on the slow blues, "C'mon In."
with Charlie Shavers, Tiny Grimes, Ray Bryant, George Duvivier, Osie Johnson