Even though Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins had both been well-known jazzmen since the early 1920s and continued to be successful until their deaths, their only recorded encounter was the LP "Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins" (Impulse AS-26), taped in 1962 and presented here in its entirety.
Five additional songs consisting of Hawkins performing compositions by Duke or from the Ellington band’s songbook have been included here as bonus tracks. Among them is the saxophonist’s rarely heard only existing reading of the beautiful “The Star-Crossed Lovers”, from the Ellington-Strayhorn Shakespearean suite Such Sweet Thunder.
COLEMAN HAWKINS, tenor sax DUKE ELLINGTON, piano With:
RAY NANCE, cornet & violin JOHNNY HODGES, alto sax HARRY CARNEY, baritone sax & bass clarinet AARON BELL, bass SAM WOODYARD, drums Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, August 18, 1962.
(*) BONUS TRACK (10-14): Coleman Hawkins’ small group recordings of songs from Duke Ellington’s book. New York, 1955-62.
INCLUDES 12-PAGE BOOKLET
01. LIMBO JAZZ 02. MOOD INDIGO 03. RAY CHARLES’ PLACE 04. WANDERLUST 05. YOU DIRTY DOG 06. SELF PORTRAIT (OF THE BEAN) 07. THE JEEP IS JUMPIN’ 08. THE RICITIC 09. SOLITUDE 10. THE STAR-CROSSED LOVERS (*) 11. JUST SQUEEZE ME (*) 12. PERDIDO (*) 13. SATIN DOLL (*) 14. TAKE THE “A” TRAIN (*)