Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (Full Album)

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Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins that was recorded on August 18, 1962 and released in February 1963 by Impulse! Records.

In 1995, The New York Times called it “one of the great Ellington albums, one of the great Hawkins albums and one of the great albums of the 1960s.”(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Ellington_Meets_Coleman_Hawkins).

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
This set documents a historic occasion. Although Coleman Hawkins had been an admirer of Duke Ellington’s music for at least 35 years at this point and Ellington had suggested they record together at least 20 years prior to their actual meeting in 1962, this was their first (and only) meeting on record. Although it would have been preferable to hear the great tenor performing with the full orchestra, his meeting with Ellington and an all-star group taken out of the big band does feature such greats as Ray Nance on cornet and violin, trombonist Lawrence Brown, altoist Johnny Hodges, and baritonist Harry Carney. High points include an exuberant “The Jeep Is Jumpin’,” an interesting remake of “Mood Indigo,” and a few new Ellington pieces. This delightful music is recommended in one form or another (https://www.allmusic.com/album/duke-ellington-meets-coleman-hawkins-mw0000187976).




Track listing:
All tracks composed by Duke Ellington, except where noted.

“Limbo Jazz” – 5:14
“Mood Indigo” (Ellington, Barney Bigard) – 5:56
“Ray Charles’ Place” – 4:04
“Wanderlust” (Ellington, Johnny Hodges) – 5:00
“You Dirty Dog” – 4:19
“Self-Portrait (of the Bean)” – 3:52
“The Jeep Is Jumpin'” (Ellington, Hodges) – 4:49
“The Ricitic” – 5:51

Duke Ellington – piano
Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone
Harry Carney – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Lawrence Brown – trombone
Ray Nance – cornet, violin
Aaron Bell – double bass
Sam Woodyard – drums


Released: January 1963
Recorded: August 18, 1962
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Length: 39:05
Label: Impulse!
Producer: Bob Thiele