Wow guys, it's been almost one crazy year now when I started this series.
I had no idea if I could keep up with… yes, I'm proud! And I'm pretty sure there will be at least one more year with an ongoing Song of the Week on Mondays :-)!
So, for the last song of the first year, I have chosen the standard «On The Sunny Side of the Street«, recorded by Coleman Hawkins in 1944 – not to be confused with earlier versions by Hawkins, which all are shorter.
Scott Yanow describes Hawkins as follows on allmusic.com: «Coleman Hawkins was the first important tenor saxophonist and he remains one of the greatest of all time.
A consistently modern improviser whose knowledge of chords and harmonies was encyclopedic, Hawkins had a 40-year prime (1925-1965) during which he could hold his own with any competitor.»
Did you know? In the 30s, Hawkins spent some years in Europe. For me especially interesting:
During that time, he stayed for a longer time in Switzerland, where he played a session in May 1936 with Ernst Höllerhagen and the Berries (with Hawkins as vocalist!).
There are several reasons, why I love this song:
- the solidly swinging rhythm section, which is never too loud
- the humming sound of the saxes in the background creating kind of a curtain
- the beautiful sax lines by the different soloists, very soulful
- the piano solo in the middle of the song
- and of course the outstanding solo by Hawkins at the end
What about you?
Title: On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Artist: Coleman Hawkins & His Sax Ensemble
Tempo: 124 bpm
Dance: Lindy Hop
You can find the songs of the series also on my Spotify playlist. Official hashtag of the series: #djcsotw
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