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Coleman Hawkins – At Ease With Coleman Hawkins (1960/2014) (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Coleman Hawkins – At Ease With Coleman Hawkins (1960/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:53 minutes | 450 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 29, 1960
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

At Ease is one of the most charming and attractive of the many albums Coleman Hawkins and Tommy Flanagan made together—a collection of ballads played with great affection for the melody. Hawkins could be fiercely aggressive in his playing. In this collection, he displays his tenderness. If ever there was a master of the ballad, it was Coleman Hawkins. His romantic style and sound caused one writer to say: “Hawk turned the saxophone into the sexophone.”

At Ease was done for the Moodsville series but while Hawkins, with the expert help of his pianist, Tommy Flanagan, sets a mood on eight standards, it is never merely mood music.

Recorded originally for the Prestige subsidiary Moodsville, Coleman Hawkins (along with the Tommy Flanagan Trio) sticks exclusively to ballads and slower pieces, all played at a low flame. Although it is nice to hear the veteran tenor interpreting “Poor Butterfly” and “I’ll Get By,” this CD is more successful as pleasant background music than as creative jazz. ~~ AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

1 For You, For Me, For Evermore 06:09
2 While We’re Young 03:35
3 Then I’ll Be Tired Of You 05:11
4 Mighty Like A Rose 04:04
5 At Dawning 04:41
6 Trouble Is A Man 05:28
7 Poor Butterfly 06:08
8 I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You) 06:37

Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone
Tommy Flanagan, piano
Wendell Marshall, bass
Osie Johnson, drums


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