The Hawk Heads Home: Coleman Hawkins in the Early 1960s” was broadcast in honor of the Hawkins centenary on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004. The early 1960s were Hawkins’ last great period, and this program features music from his Today and Now lp, his bossa nova effort (Desafinado), and his collaborations with Duke Ellington, Max Roach (“Driva Man” off We Insist! Freedom Now Suite), and Sonny Rollins. If you’re interested in reading more about Hawkins, try John Chilton’s Song of the Hawk biography and Scott Deveaux’s The Birth of Bebop, which details Hawkins’ involvement with the 1940s modernists.
Trivia note: in 1962 Hawkins, a classical music fan, told jazz writer Stanley Dance that he hoped to record an album of Bach pieces. The LP never came to pass.