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Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins


Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins - Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins - 1962 - Impulse

There is so much that could be written about these two musical giants. When the two jazz masters met to record this album, they produced a work of genius. They're all great Ellington, or part Ellington compositions, but “Mood Indigo” and “Self Portrait (of the Bean).” are classics. A marvellous track, "Solitude," omitted from the original 1962 album is added to the 1995 CD reissue. The grear Donald Fagen mentions "Limbo Jazz" on the CD " Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with guests Steely Dan " released on the Jazz Alliance label in 2005. Check out Becker & Fagen's great live studio version on this CD.


A1 - Limbo Jazz (5:20)
A2 - Mood Indigo (5:55)
A3 - Ray Charles' Place (4:04)
A4 - Wanderlust (4:57)

B1 - You Dirty Dog (4:19)
B2 - Self Portrait (Of The Bean) (3:50)
B3 - The Jeep Is Jumpin' (4:40)
B4 - The Ricitic (5:49)
9. Solitude (Bonus track on 1995 CD reissue)


Bass - Aaron Bell
Cornet, Violin - Ray Nance
Drums - Sam Woodyard
Engineer - Rudy Van Gelder
Piano - Duke Ellington
Producer - Bob Thiele
Saxophone [Alto] - Johnny Hodges
Saxophone [Baritone], Clarinet [Bass] - Harry Carney
Saxophone [Tenor] - Coleman Hawkins
Trombone - Lawrence Brown

About Coleman Hawkins, ("The Hawk"), Father Of The Tenor Sax
From the Classic Jazz period to the Swing Era one player had a virual monopoly on the tenor sax, that man being Coleman Hawkins, a.k.a., the Hawk or the Bean. Hawkins (born 1904, St. Joseph, Mo.) was not the first Jazzman to play the tenor but he was the leader in transforming it into a fully expressive, hard driving Jazz instrument. Following a ten year period of getting the hang of that confounded contraption, the Hawk went on to a fifty year career filled with near flawless playing as leader of his own groups as well as with an amazing variety of other combos. He was an inspiration to dozens of top notch Jazz tenor men. © Len Weinstock www.redhotjazz.com/index.htm

About Duke Ellington, ("The Duke")
Born Edward Kennedy Ellington, on 29/4/1899, in Washington, D.C., Duke Ellington was one of the founding fathers of jazz music. He started playing piano at the age of seven, and by the time he was 15, he was composing. A pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer, Ellington and his band played together for 50 years. Some of Ellington's most famous songs include "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Sophisticated Lady" and "In a Sentimental Mood."