Coleman Hawkins / Manny Albam And His Orchestra – The Hawk In Paris

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The Hawk in Paris is an album by saxophonist Coleman Hawkins featuring compositions related to Paris performed with an orchestra arranged and conducted by Manny Albam which was recorded in 1956 for the RCA Records subsidiary Vik label.

“This CD is a major surprise. Hawkins had always wanted to record with a large string section and he received his wish on the majority of these 12 romantic melodies, all of which have some association with Paris. The surprise is that he plays with a great deal of fire (his doubletiming on “My Man” is wondrous), and that Manny Albam’s arrangements mostly avoid being muzaky and quite often are creative and witty. What could have been a novelty or an insipid affair is actually one of Coleman Hawkins’s more memorable albums.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“Mon Homme” (Jacques Charles, Channing Pollock, Albert Willemetz, Maurice Yvain) – 3:19
“Under Paris Skies” (Hubert Giraud, Jean Dréjac) – 2:46
“Mimi” (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 3:08
“La Vie en Rose” (Louiguy, Édith Piaf, Mack David) – 2:37
“La Mer” (Charles Trenet) – 3:33
“Paris in the Spring” (Harry Revel, Gordon) – 3:15
“I Love Paris” (Cole Porter) – 3:31
“Mademoiselle de Paree” (Eric Maschwitz, Paul Durand) – 3:19

Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
Manny Albam – arranger, conductor
Romeo Penque – saxophone, flute
Al Epstein – saxophone
Nick Travis – trumpet
Urbie Green, Chauncey Welsch – trombone
Ray Beckenstein – flute
Tosha Samaroff, Paul Gershman, Leo Kruczek, Max Cahn, Alvin Rudintsky, Jack Zayde, Sy Miroff – violin
Lucien Schmit, George Ricci, Pete Makis – cello
Janet Putnam – harp
Marty Wilson – vibraphone
Hank Jones – piano
Barry Galbraith – guitar
Arnold Fishkind – bass
Osie Johnson – drums


Released: 1957
Recorded: July 9, 11 and 13, 1956
Studio Webster Hall, NYC
Label: Vik
Producer: Jack Lewis