Sunday, October 12, 2014
Coleman Hawkins, Body and Soul, October 11, 1939
October 11 marked the 75th anniversary of Coleman Hawkins' recording of Body and Soul, a popular song and an American jazz standard:
BODY AND SOUL
Coleman Hawkins version:
One of the most famous and influential takes was recorded by Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra on October 11, 1939, at their only recording session for Bluebird, a subsidiary of RCA Victor.
The recording is unusual in that the song's melody is only hinted at in the recording; Hawkins' two-choruses of improvisation over the tune's chord progression constitute almost the entire take.
Because of this, as well as the imaginative use of harmony and break from traditional swing cliches, the recording is recognised as part of the "early tremors of bebop".
In 2004, the Library of Congress entered it into the National Recording Registry.
Bonus for Sunday Night: