About this title: Best Of, of course, is just a marketing slogan, for this roundup of late-period Bean only covers a less-than-four-year patch in a career that spanned five decades. It does, however, provide a useful survey of a time in which Hawkins was recording prolifically for Prestige and its Swingville and Moodsville subsidiaries. Hawkins was then in his mid-'50s, his matchless tone still in prime smoky form, his harmonic ideas pretty much set after decades of keeping an open ear and mind, but still willing to investigate the latest ...
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