HAMPTON HAWES — All Night Session!, Volume 3

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Album · 1958

Filed under Hard Bop
By HAMPTON HAWES

Tracklist

A1 Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me 11:00
A2 Blues #3 7:35
B1 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea 10:53
B2 Blues #4 6:15

Total Time: 41:35

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Red Mitchell
Drums – Bruce Freeman
Guitar – Jim Hall
Piano – Hampton Hawes

About this release

Contemporary Records ‎– 7547 (US)

Recorded the morning of November 13th, 1956, at Contemporary's Studio in Los Angeles

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All Night Session 3” is the third part of a recording session by Hampton Hawes and his quartet, recorded live at Contemporary Studios in Los Angeles on November 11, 1956. Being the third and final part of a lengthy session, by the time the quartet got to this one, they were ready to relax and stretch out, and for half the album, they leave the standards alone and play some free form blues based jams. Although highly acclaimed in his youth, Hawes has become somewhat of a forgotten figure in jazz, unfortunate because he could play with the best of them, which is well documented on this excellent album. Hampton has a wide range of expressions he can draw on, sometimes intense with Bud Powell flavored torrents of high speed swinging bop runs, and other times more quirky and clever ala Ahmad Jamal or Herbie Nichols. It also helps that Hawes has guitarist Jim Hall on board, another modernist with a penchant for unexpected twists of phrase. Musically this album could be called west coast hard bop, not really cool jazz per se, but drummer Bruz Freeman’s tendency to play quietly with brushes does lend a ‘cool’ flavor.

There is a lot of great playing on here, four geniuses stretching out on the blues, but the added bonus is the 5 star recording quality. I’m not sure what people were doing right then that they are not doing right now, possibly it has something to do with digital effects or overzealous compression, but this is what acoustic jazz is supposed to sound like. At the correct volume level, it sounds like you are in the same room with them, and every single line from every musician is crystal clear. Hearing the individual lines is important because when these guys jam the blues, they are not following any standard progression, instead the four are quickly tossing around ideas about possible direction, and then quickly changing again. The rate of communication in this band is intense.

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