At Ease With Coleman Hawkins [Rudy Van Gelder Remaster]
CAT # PRCD-30081-25
1. For You, For Me, For Evermore 6:10 2. While We're Young 3:33 3. Then I'll Be Tired Of You 5:08 4. Mighty Like A Rose 4:05 5. At Dawning 4:39 6. Trouble Is A Man 5:29 7. Poor Butterfly 6:06 8. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) 8:09
At Ease is one of the most charming and attractive of the many albums the two made together—a collection of ballads played with great affection for the melody. Hawkins could be fiercely aggressive in his playing. In this collection, he displays his tenderness. If ever there was a master of the ballad, it was Coleman Hawkins. His romantic style and sound caused one writer to say: "Hawk turned the saxophone into the sexophone."At Ease was done for the Moodsville series but while Hawkins, with the expert help of his pianist, Tommy Flanagan, sets a mood on eight standards, it is never merely mood music.
with Tommy Flanagan, Wendell Marshall, Osie Johnson “I was the engineer on the recording sessions and I also made the masters for the original LP issues of these albums. Since the advent of the CD, other people have been making the masters. Mastering is the final step in the process of creating the sound of the finished product. Now, thanks to the folks at the Concord Music Group who have given me the opportunity to remaster these albums, I can present my versions of the music on CD using modern technology. I remember the sessions well, I remember how the musicians wanted to sound, and I remember their reactions to the playbacks. Today, I feel strongly that I am their messenger.” —Rudy Van Gelder
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