Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins: Lover Man
Sonny Meets Hawk (RCA 63479)
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