AVID Jazz presents the latest release in our Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered second, 2CD release from Hampton Hawes, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details.
Four!!!; This Is Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 2; For Real! plus eight tracks from Everybody Loves Hampton Hawes-The Trio Vol.3 (minus 2 x tracks due to timing constraints).
Born in L.A. on the US West Coast, in 1928, Hampton Hawes was still in his teens and a self-taught pianist when he started playing in the emerging West Coast jazz scene of the late 1940s and 1950s. His partners in music included Shorty Rogers, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray and Teddy Edwards (all of whom can be found with their own albums in the extensive AVID Jazz catalogue). As we launch our second release in our Classic Albums series featuring Hampton Hawes we thought it might be appropriate to include a quote we used in the sales notes for our first release which featured his classic All Night Sessions, plus most tracks from Volume 1 of his Trio series (AMSC1104). We feel it perfectly captures what Hawes was all about! As a group the three albums and sixteen selections comprising All Night Session represent a most unusual achievement in the annals of jazz recording. The almost two hours of music were recorded at a single continuous session, in order in which you hear the numbers, and without editing of any kind. Playing steadily for several hours is a taxing physical experience at best, but improvising continually for that length of time is an exhausting one, mentally and emotionally. Yet the later selections in All Night Session reveal no flagging of vitality, spontaneity, inventiveness. The feeling wasnt like recording Hampton Hawes has said in commenting on the session. We felt like we went somewhere to play for our own pleasure. After we got started, I didnt even think I was making records. In fact we didnt even listen to play-backs. We didnt tighten up as musicians often do in recording studios we just played because we love to play Considering the buoyant beat, skilful pacing, variety of material, spontaneous jazz feeling and richness of invention, All Night Session is a testimonial of the highest order to musicianship of jazzman Hawes and his associates. Musicians involved were Hampton Hawes on piano, Jim Hall on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass and Bruz Freeman drums. It is often said that all of Hampton Hawes releases in the 1950s on Contemporary were classic 5 star albums. And who are we to argue with that, the evidence is on our first volume and again here with volume two.
Here we feature another two of the Trio series (minus 2 tracks from volume 3 due to time constraints) plus another two classics he cut adding sax on For Real! and guitar on Four!!! Artists involved on our selections include Barney Kessel, Harold Land, Scott La Faro, Frank Butler and of course on the Trio albums, Red Mitchell and Chuck Thompson. As with all AVID releases, we hope you enjoy them and check out our extensive catalogue for more great music across jazz and many other musical genres.
Check out:- Hampton Hawes (AMSC1104); Harold Land (AMSC1332); Barney Kessel (AMSC921); Shelly Manne (AMSC1067); Red Garland (AMSC1280); Horace Silver (AMSC1260); Ray Bryant (AMSC1190); Nat King Cole (AMSC1303); Kenny Drew (AMSC1088); Victor Feldman (AMSC1395); Tommy Flanagan (AMSC1091); Wynton Kelly (AMSC1165); Thelonious Monk (AMSC1130); Russ Freeman (AMSC1181); Elmo Hope (AMSC1256); Duke Jordan (AMSC1145); Herbie Nichols (AMSC1209); Duke Pearson (AMSC1198); Billy Taylor (AMSC1200); Cecil Taylor (AMSC1116); Dave Brubeck (AMSC982); Randy Weston (AMSC1153); Bill Evans (AMSC1119); Wardell Gray (AMSC1403); Jazz Piano (AMSC1284).
2. There Will Never Be Another You
3. Bow Jest
4. Sweet Sue
5. Up Blues
6. Like Someone In Love
7. Love Is Around The Corner
8-16: This Is Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 2
8. You And The Night And The Music
9. Stella By Starlight
10. Blues For Jacque
13. Round Midnight
14. Just Squeeze Me
15. Autumn In New York
16. Section Blues
1-6: For Real!
2. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
4. Numbers Game
5. For Real
6. I Love You
7. Somebody Loves Me from Everybody Loves Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 3
8. The Sermon from Everybody Loves Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 3
9. Embraceable You from Everybody Loves Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 3
10. I Remember You from Everybody Loves Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 3
11. A Night In Tunisia from Everybody Loves Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 3
12. Billy Boy from Everybody Loves Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 3
13. Body And Soul from Everybody Loves Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 3
14. Coolin The Blues from Everybody Loves Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 3