Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins

Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins


Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), Paul Bley (piano), Henry Grimes, Bob Cranshaw (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums)

RCA 2712

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Yesterdays
A2 - All the Things You Are
A3 - Summertime
B1 - Just Friends
B2 - Lover Man
B3 - At McKie's

Recorded on July 15, 1963 (with Bob Cranshaw, bass, on A1-2, B2) & July 18, 1963 (with Henry Grimes, bass, on A3, B1, B3) at RCA Victor Studio B in New York City.

"This is a memorable meeting of a pair of genial giants - Sonny Rollins, who has been called again and again the boss of the modern tenor sax, and Coleman Hawkins, who is the father of jazz saxophone playing. Each has made enormous contributions to jazz improvisation, beyond the limits of his instrument. The sum total of their work forms the impressive foundation for this once-in-a-lifetime album.

"This recording is extraordinary in every sense, and not merely in that it marks the first time (except for a brief on-stage appearance at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival, which inspired this studio recording) that these great musicians have played together. Each has blended his own strong personality with the other's yet neither has lost his individuality. Where one reaches into the other's "bag", it is done with musical logic and respect; always, the goal of a cohesive duet relationship is uppermost in each of their minds. And perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this album is that neither musician plays safe; each exercises his powerful imagination throughout, running all the risks entailed in daring improvisation - but gaining also the satisfactions inherent in such an approach."

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.