Coleman Hawkins – Rainbow Mist
Delmark DD 459 (1992) [Apollo Series]
Hawkins was out to top himself on the tune that had become so identified with him, Body and Soul. Thus Rainbow Mist came into being. Both are masterpieces. His sound alone–fuller than in 1939–is a thing of beauty… Rainbow Mist‘s “Woody’n You” is the main reason why this recording is considered the first bebop–a strong whiff of something new in the air.