Give Now

Night Lights Classic Jazz

New Coleman Hawkins Mosaic, Updates On Lunceford And Rivers

News about new and forthcoming box sets from the premier jazz reissue label.

Coleman Hawkins

Photo: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress

The Hawk flies high again: Mosaic Records is working on a new set of Coleman Hawkins recordings.

There’s a new Coleman Hawkins set in the works from Mosaic Records. Though there had been rumors at one point of a three-CD Hawk Select, this will be a fullblown seven-CD box, covering much of Hawkins on record from the mid-1920s to the mid-1940s. Jazz musician and scholar Loren Schoenberg, who won a Grammy for his liner notes that accompanied Mosaic’s Woody Herman Columbia set, will write the booklet.

“Classic Coleman Hawkins Columbia and Victor Sessions” will feature music from Hawkins’ tenure with the Fletcher Henderson orchestra, smaller and mid-sized ensemble groups such as the Mound City Blue Blowers and the Chocolate Dandies, sessions with Benny Goodman, Benny Carter, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton, many dates made under Hawkins’ own name in the 1930s and 40s (including the famous 1939 “Body and Soul” recording), co-leader sides with trumpeter Henry Red Allen, several Metronome and Esquire Magazine all-star gatherings, and two 1947 sessions that put Hawk first in a strings setting and then as leader of a little big band that includes young up-and-comers such as J.J. Johnson, Fats Navarro, and Max Roach.

Set producer Scott Wenzel, who notes that the box is “a work in progress,” writes:

The vision of this set is to present selected Coleman Hawkins recordings from mainly the 1930s and 1940s as originally recorded on labels either currently owned by Sony Music (Banner, Brunswick, Cameo, Clarion, Columbia, Conqueror, Domino, Harmony, Lincoln, Melotone, OKeh, Oriole, Perfect, Romeo, Velvet Tone and Vocalion) and BMG (Bluebird, Signature, Victor and “X”). We have also included sessions that currently have no ownership and are in the public domain (Baronet, Ca-Song, Continental, Manor, Regis and Selmer).

As part of the criteria for this set, we have chosen, for most of the recordings, sides where Hawkins solos for more than 16 bars throughout. In addition, a representative sampling of titles from the ‘20s add as a springboard to this package. Undoubtedly there are many other examples of Hawk in prime form from this period; however we have decided to concentrate more on the ‘30s and ‘40s sides.

There’s no anticipated date of release yet. Along those lines, though, Mosaic says their Jimmie Lunceford Decca box should be out in either late May or early June this year, and the Sam Rivers set may be dropping around the same time as well.

UPDATE: The Mosaic website now lists the Lunceford and Rivers on its upcoming releases page, along with an exciting addition: a Mosaic Select of trumpeter Charles Tolliver’s 1970s big band recordings.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

View all posts by this author »

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Night Lights Classic Jazz:

Support For Indiana Public Media From

About Night Lights

Search Night Lights

where to hear night lights

This Week On Afterglow

Duet: Doris Day and Andre Previn

Doris Day Andre Previn Duet

Doris Day is a celebrated American movie icon—but there’s much more to her legacy than PILLOW TALK.

Read more »

Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

More from Afterglow »