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Hawk Flies High
Coleman Hawkins
Hawk Flies High
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Coleman Hawkins
Title: Hawk Flies High
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Riverside
Original Release Date: 1/1/1957
Re-Release Date: 6/3/2008
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 888072305052

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Full-Bodied, Rich, and Mellow
David Conklin | Albuquerque, NM USA | 01/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Newly re-mastered, this 2008 Keepnews Collection CD comes up sounding fuller and more life-like than the original "first generation" OJC disc. Often described as a comeback album for Coleman Hawkins, it features the leader's fine hand-picked lineup in a truly one-of-a kind (1957) recording.

The arrangements in all 6 tracks provide pleasing sonorities among the 3 horns, and there are many tasteful solos. I find J.J Johnson's trombone work especially enjoyable. Hank Jones on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, Jo Jones, on drums-are you kidding me? This is easily one of the best Coleman Hawkins CDs available. No alternate takes or bonus tracks, just the original album in great sound. Like a fine wine, THE HAWK FLIES HIGH gets better with age--and repeat listens."
I'm flicking my Bic
Matthew Watters | Vietnam | 03/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Before there was rock-and-roll, there was Coleman Hawkins. Don't be fooled by the deceptively mellow, laid-back demeanor of this LP. Perhaps no other jazz CD I own benefits more from being CRANKED UP. At live volumes, this music rocks as well as swings, and you can really hear Hawkins bending the notes and finding all the blues harmonics in the material. He's like the godfather of heavy metal guitarists. Sure, it's a different axe, but the seeds of the musical approach are there. I kid you not: get ahold of The Hawk Flies High and turn it up! (If you do, you'll also be treated to a sonic veil being removed from the work of drummer Jo Jones and bassist Oscar Pettiford, both of whom are lost at more demure volumes, and the great presence and bite in the trombone of J.J. Johnson.)"
Surprisingly Bland
Johnny Hodges | Clark Fork, ID United States | 06/15/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I find this a pleasant group effort, but to my ears the music wanders, lacking the focused solid groove featured on many Coleman Hawkins recordings. Very egalitarian of him to let all the band members solo, but Hawk is silent while that goes on. Idries Sulieman blowing a single trumpet note for a full minute is not my idea of great music.

I'm a big fan of Coleman Hawkins, but I sold my copy of "Flies". Some of my favorite Hawk: Retrospective (1929-1963) for a good overview of His early work, Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster for a compellingly romantic session, and Night Hawk for an exciting session with another protege, Eddie Lockjaw Davis."