Friday, February 21, 2014

Coleman Hawkins on Clarinet

In Fletcher Henderson's band, the Hawk was known to take some choruses on clarinet, one of which was preserved for posterity on 1931's "Hot and Anxious" which can be heard here. We can all be glad he decided to focus on tenor sax shortly after this, but still, it's Coleman Hawkins taking a chorus on clarinet, and the solo (which begins at around the two minute mark) has quite a bit of Hawkish character!


Bert Brandsma said...

It can hardly been seen as a real improvised solo. Listen to the Wingy Manone recording of Tar Paper Stomp. Both the melody (Wrongly credited to first Horace Henderson H&A and later Joe Garland InTheMood) of Hot and Anxious and the basics of Hawkins clarinet solo are allready on the Tar Paper Stomp record, dating from 1930.

Eric Seddon said...

Cool observation Bert. I'll have to check out Wingy Manone's version. Still, it's cool to hear the Hawk's clarinet sound (which for me is the real interest here...I'm a 'sound' addict.)