BODY AND SOUL REVISITED features 21 original recordings made for Decca records in the mid-1950s. A discography is included with this set.
Personnel includes: Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Idrees Suliman, Joe Wilder (trumpet); Jimmy Knepper, Matthew Gee (trombone); Tony Scott (clarinet); Duke Jordan, Hank Jones, Sanford Gold, Tommy Flanagan (piano); Danny Mendelsohn, Bill Doggett (keyboards); George Barnes, Billy Bauer (guitar); Trigger Alpert, Wendall Marshall, Conrad Henry, Gene Ramey (bass); Art Taylor, Walter Boden, Shadow Wilson, Jimmy Crawford, Bunny Shawker, Cozy Cole (drums).
Producers: Bob Thiele, George Simon, Milt Gabler.
Reissue producer: Orrin Keepnews.
Recorded in New York, New York between 1951 and 1958. Tracks 16-18 were recorded live at The Pythian Temple, New York, New York on November 7, 1955. Includes liner notes by Dan Morganstern.
Personnel: Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); George Barnes, Al Casimenti, Al Casmenti, Billy Bauer (guitar); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Idrees Sulieman, Joe Wilder, Benny Harris (trumpet); Rex Stewart (cornet); Matthew McGee, Jimmy Knepper, Matthew Gee, Tyree Glenn (trombone); Bill Doggett (piano, organ); Claude Hopkins, Duke Jordan, Hank Jones , Sanford Gold, Tommy Flanagan (piano); Danny Mendelsohn (keyboards); Jimmy Crawford , Art Taylor, Shadow Wilson, Walter Bolden, Norris "Bunny" Shawker (drums).
Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.
Recording information: Pythian Temple, New York, NY (10/19/1951-10/13/1958).
Unknown Contributor Role: Coleman Hawkins Quintet.
This compilation covers Coleman Hawkins' recording career from October 1951 to October 1958. At this point in Hawkins' career, Lester Young's lighter tone had replaced Hawkins' huge, dark sound in popularity. Hawkins' approach, however dated, is nonetheless as intriguing now as it was decades ago. His phrasing is legato and flowing, harmonically interesting and rhythmically diverse.
Hawkins' melodic sensibility is best displayed on songs such as "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)" and his trademark tune "Body and Soul." A mellow and romantic album, BODY AND SOUL REVISITED is made up of many ballads and light swing numbers. However, at the end of the CD, we hear a striking rendition of Charlie Parker's "Ornithology" and a generic blues entitled "Unlisted Blues," highlighting the tenor legend's bebop skills. Finally, smart solos by pianist Tommy Flanagan and clarinetist Tony Scott add to this album's charm.