Al Sears (1910-90) had that heavy, full-blowing sound like Coleman Hawkins.His first major gig came in 1928 when he replaced Johnny Hodges in Chick Webb's ensemble. In the early 1940s he was with Andy Kirk (1941-42) and Lionel Hampton (1943-44) before he became a member of Duke Ellington's Orchestra in 1944, replacing Ben Webster. He became one of Ellington's best-known soloists, and remained in his employ until 1949, when Paul Gonsalves took over his chair. He played with Johnny Hodges in 1951-52. These days I'm diggin' his finest solo LP, Swing's the Thing (1960).