I thought it was necessary to make a quick live broadcast on my Cubanology Blogtalkradio link of three Jazz legends who managed to play together and live in 1962. They were already in their 60′s but sounded like they were 20 years younger. I suggest everyone to purchase this great CD Album of the “Live” recording they did on August 13th and 15th, here’s more (CDUniverse.com):
From the mid-’50s until Coleman Hawkins’s death in 1969, the tenor-saxophonist frequently teamed up with trumpeter Roy Eldridge to form a potent team. However, Hawkins rarely met altoist Johnny Hodges on the bandstand, making this encounter a special event. Long versions of “Satin Doll,” “Perdido” and “The Rabbit in Jazz” give these three classic jazzmen (who are ably assisted by the Tommy Flanagan Trio) chances to stretch out and inspire each other. The remainder of this CD has Eldridge and Hodges absent while Coleman Hawkins (on “new” versions of “Mack the Knife,” “It’s the Talk of the Town,” “Bean and the Boys” and “Caravan”) heads the quartet for some excellent playing. Timeless music played by some of the top veteran stylists of the swing era. ~ Scott Yanow
Includes 4 tracks from a companion LP, “Hawkins! Alive!”.
Full title: Hawkins! Eldridge! Hodges! Alive! At The Village Gate.
Personnel: Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone), Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Major Holley (bass), Eddie Locke (drums).
Learn more about these “Pioneers” of Jazz and listen here to the first three songs: