Coleman Hawkins, aka Hawk or Bean
the Hawk took the tenor saxophone to the top
when trumpet, clarinet, & trombone ruled out front.
Hawkins played vaudeville as Saxophone Boy
checked in with Fletcher Henderson
to solo Dicty Blues
chased Sidney Bechet
in an all night cutting contest.
racism and public indifference steamed Bean to Europe
to hone that tone
find form for Hawkins powered arpeggios & triplets.
in ’39 the Hawk found his way home
to a recording session that had a last minute addition
when one more tune was needed:
Body and Soul
his charging tenor attack relaxed
for 2 poised choruses:
& for the amerikan mind: