The Gilded Hawk

Coleman Hawkins

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The Gilded Hawk Review

by Scott Yanow

Jazz musicians often have as one of their cherished goals the desire to record with a full string section. Hawkins, who recorded an excellent string album (The Hawk in Paris) earlier in 1956, received his wish a few times. The Gilded Hawk, last available as this LP, finds the great tenor being weighed down by Glenn Osser's muzaky arrangements for the strings. Since Hawkins does little other than caress the melodies, nothing significant happens, making this one of the most dispensable Coleman Hawkins ever.

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