Hi there, swingin’ folks —
In the light of a recent article at Michael Steinman’s “Jazz Lives”, I think it’s about time to write something new, closely connected to this very entry.
‘Round twenty years ago, I went to a meanwhile long gone Cologne record store and finally found one of my favorite LP’s:
CLASSIC TENORS – COLEMAN HAWKINS & LESTER YOUNG with some of the greatest sounds, Coleman Hawkins has ever waxed. To a lesser extend would this be true also for Pres’ tracks on this splendidly produced disc with a fold-out cover.
Here we go with “Crazy Rhythm”, featuring Coleman Hawkins (ts) Eddie Heywood (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) and Shelly Manne (d) — December 23, 1943.
But not enough! — The inside of the cover shows two original autographs, one by Hawk, and the other one by trumpeter Bill Coleman who was living in Europe at the time when the former owner of the LP presumably brought the vinyl to a concert, then went backstage for getting it signed by the two greats.
“How Deep Is The Ocean” features Coleman Hawkins as the only soloist, furthermore, Bill Coleman (tp) Andy Fitzgerald (cl) Ellis Larkins (p) Al Casey (g) once again Oscar Pettiford (b) & Shelly Manne (d) — December 8, 1943.
— And here they are, both autographs:
— Discographical addendum:
COLEMAN HAWKINS & HIS ORCHESTRA: Bill Coleman (tp) Andy Fitzgerald (cl) Coleman Hawkins (ts) Ellis Larkins (p) Al Casey (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Shelly Manne (d).
WOR Studios, NYC, December 8, 1943: “Voodte”, “How Deep Is The Ocean”, “Hawkins’ Barrel-House” & “Stumpy”.
Note: Some shellack copies list the last track as “Stompy”.
COLEMAN HAWKINS’ SWING FOUR: Coleman Hawkins (ts) Eddie Heywood (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Shelly Manne (d).
WOR Studios, NYC, December 23, 1943: “Crazy Rhythm”, “Get Happy”, “The Man I Love”, “Sweet Lorraine”.
Both sessions for Signature Records were supervised by Bob Thiele.
P.S. — You’re missing *THE* timeless classic, the hymn of modern swing, you’re missing the “The Man I Love”?