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Tim's comments about all those wonderful "old school" players, got me thinking about one of my favorite recordings - Benny Carter's Further Definitions. Would I have loved to be in the studio when they layed these tracks down...Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Rouse. They also take turns playing on Body and Soul, as well as some swinging cuts like Cottontail.

All great players with distinctive and personal approaches, and you get to hear them together. They sure sound great as a section, of course back in the day all these great players cut their chops playing in big bands...and Benny Carter kept at it for over 6 decade. We all talk about Johnny Hodges, certainly Carter was a huge influence himself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BpCTa87zU4

While we're at it, Coleman Hawkins Love song from Apache...talk about tone, control, expressiveness...doesn't get any better. I hear a lot of Hawk in Sonny Rollins approach at times...sad to say, I wasn't familiar with this until Quartet West cut this with Ernie Watts taking the intro and then it segues into the Coleman Hawkins...That was Haden's Always Say Goodbye, although Haunted Heart was great also. However, Hawk's original (from Today and Now)... a thing of beauty!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4SjD2Lb_6c

Hawk caught in the act on video, Indian Summer. Even through the old TV sound, you can hear ALL the man's expressiveness and command...love the cadenza at the end!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDOXkDFr35M
 

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I love both King Carter but Coleman Hawkins was a great improvising swinger with a 4x4 beat and drive even going back to his Fletcher Henrderson days.
You ever hear him pump swing on a bass sax it really kills to this day. his only fault was playing a blues was not his forte until maybe the very end
When he did "Straight Ahead and Percussion Bitter Suite" with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln and even then his blues sounds forced but i dig it.
 
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