“IT’S SURPRISING that a musician with his knowledge and experience should take time out to listen to younger musicians, but then his thinking isn’t limited by the past.” Lockjaw Davis was talking about Coleman Hawkins, a senior he holds in high regard. “And he doesn’t just listen to saxophones. He listens to all instruments. He always retains his personal flavor, but you find young musicians on his dates, and he’s just as comfortable with them as with the older guys.” Hawkins’ perennial freshness is echoed by Johnny Hodges: “The older he gets, the better he gets. If ever you think he’s through, you find he’s just gone right on ahead again.”
“I was the engineer on the recording sessions and I also made the masters for the original LP issues of these albums. Since the advent of the CD, other people have been making the masters. Mastering is the final step in the process of creating the sound of the finished product. Now, thanks to the folks at the Concord Music Group who have given me the opportunity to remaster these albums, I can present my versions of the music using modern technology. I remember the sessions well, I remember how the musicians wanted to sound, and I remember their reactions to the playbacks. Today, I feel strongly that I am their messenger.”
—Rudy Van Gelder
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