Coleman Hawkins

Body and Soul

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1956 Riverside Records
The Hawk in Hi-Fi 1956 BMG / Columbia Records / Legacy 5:00
No Image 1964 Verve
His Greatest Hits 1972 RCA 3:00
No Image 1978 Camden 3:00
No Image 1988
Various Artists
Bluebird
April in Paris, Featuring Body and Soul 1992 Bluebird 0:00
The RCA Records Label: The First Note in Black Music 1992
Various Artists
RCA 2:59
RCA Victor Jazz: The First Half-Century - The Twenties Through the Sixties 1992
Various Artists
Bluebird 3:28
1939-1940 1992 Classics 3:00
Coleman Hawkins in the 50's: Body & Soul Revisited 1993 GRP / Decca 4:25
The Indispensable Body & Soul (1927-1956) 1994 RCA 4:53
21 All Time Swing Greats 1994
Various Artists
ASV / Living Era 3:03
International Jazz All Stars, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 2:51
Masters of the Saxophone, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Quality 2:59
Jazz Classics [Triloka] 1995
Various Artists
Triloka 2:59
Jazz Archives, No. 41: 1926/1940 1996 EPM 2:58
Body & Soul 1996 Victor Records / RCA 4:51
Jazz Greatest Hits 1996
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 3:00
Classic Swing, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
MVP Records 3:04
Safe Sax 1996
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution
Funeral [Original Soundtrack] 1996
Original Soundtrack
Critique Records
How Big is Your Woofer: Love Handle Lounge [box] 1996
Various Artists
Delta Distribution
Greatest Hits 1996 RCA Victor / RCA 3:04
Idiot's Guide to Jazz 1997
Various Artists
RCA 0:45
Saxophone Heroes 1997
Various Artists
Jazzfest 10:14
Art of Saxophone 1997
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 12:42
The Art of Jazz Saxophone: The Masters 1997
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:39
The Art of Jazz Saxophone 1997
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:13
Jazz Hits, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:02
Jazz Hits, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Valmark / Columbia River Entertainment Group 0:00
Jazz Suite 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:02
Jazz After Hours [Empire] 1998
Various Artists
Empire 3:20
Picasso: 1929-1949 1998 Giants Of Jazz Recordings 3:00
Original Sounds of New York City 1999
Various Artists
Golden Sounds 3:03
Jazz Cats: Late Night Jazz 2000
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:02
Romantic Jazz [Columbia River] 2000
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:02
Jazz Collection: The Art of Jazz Saxophone 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:13
Giants of Jazz Sampler 2000
Various Artists
Giants Of Jazz Recordings 3:04
Ken Burns Jazz 2000 Verve 3:03
The Best of Ken Burns Jazz 2000
Various Artists
Legacy / Columbia 0:00
Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music 2000
Various Artists
Legacy / Columbia 3:04
The Cool and the Smooth: A Seasonal Collection of Classic Smooth Jazz 2000
Various Artists
Music Club Records 4:38
Best of Jazz [Madacy Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:00
Best of Jazz, Vol. 1 [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 3:00
Body and Soul [Proper] 2000 Charly Records 3:02
Easy Living: Essential Jazz Ballads 2001
Various Artists
RCA 3:06
The Bebop Years 2001 Proper Records / Proper Sales & Dist. 3:02
Jazz After Hours 2001 Jazz After Hours 3:02
Mega Jazz 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 3:55
Body & Soul: Original Recordings 1933-1949 2001 Naxos / Naxos Jazz 3:04
Pure Nostalgia...And All That Jazz 2002
Various Artists
ASV / Living Era 3:08
The Radio Years 1940 2002 Storyville 1:13
Hollywood Sessions: The Entire Story of a Group 2002 Ocium Records (Spain) 2:44
The Art of Jazz: Saxophone [Slimline] 2002
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:39
Fascinating Rhythm 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:05
Hot Jazz [Fremeaux & Associes] 2003 Frémeaux & Associés 4:31
Martini: Celestial Cocktails 2003
Various Artists
Northquest 3:00
King of the Tenor Sax: 1929-1943 2003 Jazz Legends 3:00
Best of Jazz Saxophone Classics 2003
Various Artists
Jazz After Hours 3:02
America's Best Big Band Hits 2003
Various Artists
Bluebird RCA / RCA 3:02
Elite Jazz [Box] 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:04
Elite Jazz, Vol.4 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:04
Jazz Collection [Madacy] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:59
After Dark [Blues] 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:07
Saxophone Hits 2007
Various Artists
Music & Melody 2:50
The Complete Albums Collection: 1945-1957 2016 Enlightenment Series 5:00
All That Jazz [BMG Sweden]
Various Artists
BMG
No Image
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:50