"The Hawk Flies High" is a 1957 album featuring tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. J.J. Johnson, Idrees Sulieman, Hank Jones, Oscar Pettiford, Barry Galbraith, and Jo Jones feature on the album. Running time approx 39 minutes. "The Hawk Relaxes" could simply be viewed as being mood music because it consists almost entirely of ballads of a similar tempo. However, we are talking here of Coleman Hawkins and a highly talented group of sides men from the jazz world that take this album out of the mood music category. These fine performances of numbers such as "Speak Low"; "Under a Blanket of Blue"; "More Than You Know" & "Moonglow" centre not only on Coleman Hawkins unique sound, but also on a youthful Kenny Burrell's classy playing on electric guitar. In fact, Hawkins and Burrell develop empathy over the course of the album producing some of the most advanced ballad playing jazz has ever fostered. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 28, 1961. Originally released on Moodsville. Personnel: Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Ronnell Bright (piano); Ron Carter (upright bass); Andrew Cyrille (drums). Running time appox 37 minutes. Excellent sound transfers and liner notes by Peter Gamble.