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Coleman Hawkins Body and Soul 
Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra: “Body and Soul” (Bluebird, 1939)

This isn’t just a whole album in one track; it’s a multi-disc boxed set in one track. Casting aside the melody of the song with nary a glance—everybody knew it already, right?—tenor saxophonist par excellence Hawkins focused instead on blowing a solo over the underlying chords. His lovably burly tone didn’t mask the complexity of what he was doing: Instead of improvising variations on the tune, he was extending the harmony that supported it. Bebop had been born. MAC RANDALL

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