Personnel includes: Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone); Arnett Cobb, John Coltrane, Buddy Tate, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Jerome Richardson (saxophone, flute); Idrees Sulieman (trumpet); J.J. Johnson (trombone); Ray Bryant, Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Red Garland (piano); Shirley Scott (organ); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Ron Carter, Oscar Pettiford, George Duvivier, Wilbur Ware, Doug Watkins (bass); Jo Jones, Art Blakey (drums).
Producers includes: Orrin Keepnews, Bill Grauer, Bob Weinstock, Esmond Edwards.
Compilation producer: Ed Michel.
Engineers include: Jack Higgins, Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studio, New York, New York in March and on June 25, 1957; the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey between February 28, 1958 and April 29, 1959; the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 12, 1959 and December 30, 1960. Includes liner notes by Ed Michel.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Kenny Burrell, Roy Gaines, Tiny Grimes, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Musa Kaleem (flute); Jerome Richardon, Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis , John Coltrane, Arnett Cobb, Buddy Tate (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Idrees Sulieman, Ray Copeland , Charlie Shavers (trumpet); J.J. Johnson (trombone); Hank Jones , Ray Bryant, Red Garland, Tommy Flanagan (piano); Gus Johnson , Charles "Specs" Wright, Jo Jones , Osie Johnson, Art Blakey, Arthur Edgehill, Walter Bolden (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Recording information: Reeves Sound Studio, New York, NY (03/12/1957-12/30/1960); Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (03/12/1957-12/30/1960).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jerome Richardson; Jo Jones ; Tiny Grimes.
Arranger: Jerry Valentine.
Critics' claims that Coleman Hawkins wasn't a great interpreter of the blues are belied on BLUES WAIL with every solo the saxophone legend plays. This compilation consists of nine blues tunes taken from sessions in the late '50s and '60s, near the end of the Hawk's 40-plus year career.
Hawkins' gruff yet mellifluous, smoky yet coarse tone is on display throughout; highlights include an especially rasping solo on "Foot Pattin'," and Idrees Sulieman's trumpet work on "Juicy Fruit." On the latter selection, Sulieman uses his marvelous circular breathing technique over two whole choruses. Other highlights include Hawkins' delicate yet robust solo on the title track, and the buoyant swing of "Skronk" featuring the great ensemble playing of the Prestige Blues Swingers.