Coleman Hawkins: Body and Soul


Body and Soul


Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax)


Body and Soul (Bluebird 5717-2-RB)

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Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax),

Tommy Lindsay & Joe Guy (trumpets), Earl Hardy (trombone), Jackie Fields & Eustis Moore (alto saxes), Gene Rodgers (piano), William Oscar Smith (bass), Arthur Herbert (drums)


Composed by Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman & Robert Sour


Recorded: New York, October 11, 1939


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

Historian Ted Gioia calls this "the most celebrated saxophone solo in the history of jazz" and "a landmark, breakthrough performance" that's been "studied by generations of musicians and is loved by countless jazz fans." Of course, not every listener will care to analyze pedagogically a musician's chordal navigation. Moreover, what Gioia describes as Hawkins's "ponderous tone" and "baroque arpeggios" assembled in "rigidly logical" construction may strike today's ears as mechanistic and old-fashioned. Even so, "Body and Soul" deserves its due. No trailblazer in tenor sax balladry cut a wider swath than Coleman Hawkins.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 bobert // Feb 12, 2008 at 12:56 AM
    thnaks for the list of musicians i've been looking for this
  • 2 ... // Sep 02, 2008 at 05:38 PM
    this was so helpful. thanks
  • 3 fred webster // Apr 09, 2009 at 10:52 PM
    simply stated = there will never be another one like him - simply, as good as it gets