Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins: Lover Man


Lover Man


Sonny Rollins (tenor sax) and Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax)


Sonny Meets Hawk (RCA 63479)

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

Recorded: New York, February and July 1963


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Sonny Rollins’ avant-garde period – culminating in East Broadway Rundown – was in full bloom when the 33-year-old recorded with his boyhood idol, Coleman Hawkins. On “Lover Man,” Rollins’ boisterous tenor is at its most expressive – jarringly rhythmic in the low end, feeding off the more subdued statements of Hawkins. The two trade inspired choruses before Hawkins restates the melody under Rollins’ screeching, sustained altissimo counterpoint. A thrilling performance.

Reviewer: Matt Miller

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