Personnel: Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Ray Bryant (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Wendall Marshall (bass); Osie Johnson (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on November 7, 1958. Originally released on Prestige (7149). Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Danny Kopelson (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Coleman Hawkins only enhanced his stature as a giant of jazz throughout his years with Prestige Records ('58-'62). The father of the modern saxophone, the inimitable Hawkins was able to change and adapt with the times like few of his contemporaries. Throughout his career, however, he always remained true to his roots in blues and swing while simultaneously charting new musical territories.
On SOUL, we hear one of the saxophone legend's finest later recordings. Using a young rhythm section, including guitarist Kenny Burrell and pianist Ray Bryant, Hawkins and his band swing with great ease and buoyancy, with Hawkins' own playing especially melodic and sensitive. Highlights include the ballad, "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" and the uptempo burner "Sweetnin'," which features a superb guitar solo by Burrell. An album that displays the musical variety of which these jazzmen are capable, SOUL is replete with both relaxed and energetic moments.