Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mainstream giants in 1958

Follow this link to see and hear Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Cozy Cole, Johnny Guarnieri, Milt Hinton and others jamming in 1958.

While this film features a cheesy voiceover and singing that isn't to my taste, the musicians seem genuinely relaxed. Hawkins plays a remarkable version of Lover Man, while Eldridge keeps the lid on his excellent but sometimes histrionic trumpet playing.

I can now say I've watched with awe as Coleman Hawkins arrived at a gig and set up his horn. Is this how Ben Webster, Chu Berry, Prince Robinson and so many other sax players going way back to the early 1920s felt?

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