Duke and Coleman - Is There More to Say?
Thursday, November 5, 2020
by S. Madon
This is a tremendously enjoyable record, impeccably produced by Analogue Productions in partnership with Impulse Records. You have just got to love the Duke's collaborations with other jazz greats in small ensemble settings. This one is with Coleman Hawkins, another game-changing jazz musician, blowing soulfully melodious lines on the tenor sax. The 5-piece wind section (Hawkins, Nance, Brown, Hodges and Carney) are so together, and complement each other perfectly. Nance even picks up a violin on one tune. Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums provide excellent rhythm. The tunes are all penned or co-penned by Ellington and his collaborators. What a great composer, what great music, and a terrific audiophile record! Hear the applause??