Coleman Hawkins was one of the early giants of jazz saxophone and "Body and Soul" is one of the reasons why. He was blessed with a bold, rich tone that sounded robust on swing numbers and gorgeously lyrical on ballads. He never wrote a better tune than "Body and Soul," a lovely ballad which gave way to one of his very best performances. It's a shaded, detailed performance that expands the melody in unexpected, wonderful ways. In many ways, it was a forward-thinking performance -- it may not have anticipated bop, but the searching, lyrical phrases on Hawkins' solo wouldn't have sounded out of place in the hard bop of the '60s.