HAMPTON HAWES

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Hampton Hawes (1928 - 1977) was an African American jazz pianist. Already as a teen, he was playing with well known musicians as Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray. He was a member of the Howard McGhee band, where he played with Charlie Parker. Recorded with Charles Mingus ("Mingus Three", 1957, Roulette)

Hawes led his own trio, with bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Chuck Thompson. In 1958, he was arrested for heroin possession, and served time in jail until 1963, when John F. Kennedy granted him a presidential pardon. He died of a stroke, only 48 years old. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.
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HAMPTON HAWES Hamp Hawes Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hamp Hawes Quartet
Hard Bop 1953
HAMPTON HAWES The Trio Vol.2: The Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trio Vol.2: The Trio
Hard Bop 1956
HAMPTON HAWES The Trio Vol.3: The Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trio Vol.3: The Trio
Hard Bop 1956
HAMPTON HAWES Four! Hampton Hawes!!!! album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Four! Hampton Hawes!!!!
Hard Bop 1958
HAMPTON HAWES All Night Session!, Volume 1 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
All Night Session!, Volume 1
Hard Bop 1958
HAMPTON HAWES All Night Session!, Volume 2 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
All Night Session!, Volume 2
Hard Bop 1958
HAMPTON HAWES All Night Session!, Volume 3 album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
All Night Session!, Volume 3
Hard Bop 1958
HAMPTON HAWES For Real! album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
For Real!
Hard Bop 1961
HAMPTON HAWES The Green Leaves of Summer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Green Leaves of Summer
Hard Bop 1964
HAMPTON HAWES Here and Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Here and Now
Hard Bop 1966
HAMPTON HAWES Hamp's Piano (aka Hampton Hawes In Europe) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hamp's Piano (aka Hampton Hawes In Europe)
Hard Bop 1967
HAMPTON HAWES Blues for Bud album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues for Bud
Hard Bop 1968
HAMPTON HAWES Spanish Steps album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spanish Steps
Hard Bop 1968
HAMPTON HAWES Hampton Hawes Plays Movie Musicals album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hampton Hawes Plays Movie Musicals
Hard Bop 1969
HAMPTON HAWES High in the Sky album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
High in the Sky
Hard Bop 1970
HAMPTON HAWES Universe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Universe
Fusion 1972
HAMPTON HAWES Blues for Walls album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues for Walls
Fusion 1973
HAMPTON HAWES Northern Windows album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Northern Windows
RnB 1974
HAMPTON HAWES At The Piano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Piano
Hard Bop 1978
HAMPTON HAWES Hampton Hawes, Martial Solal ‎: Key For Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hampton Hawes, Martial Solal ‎: Key For Two
Hard Bop 1979
HAMPTON HAWES Memorial album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Memorial
Hard Bop 1982
HAMPTON HAWES The Sermon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sermon
Hard Bop 1987
HAMPTON HAWES Something Special album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Something Special
Hard Bop 1994
HAMPTON HAWES Bird Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird Song
Hard Bop 1999

HAMPTON HAWES EPs & splits

HAMPTON HAWES The East/West Controversy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The East/West Controversy
Hard Bop 1975

HAMPTON HAWES live albums

HAMPTON HAWES Trio Vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio Vol.1
Hard Bop 1955
HAMPTON HAWES The Seance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Seance
Hard Bop 1966
HAMPTON HAWES Jam Session album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jam Session
Hard Bop 1968
HAMPTON HAWES I'm All Smiles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm All Smiles
Hard Bop 1972
HAMPTON HAWES Playin' in the Yard album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Playin' in the Yard
Fusion 1973
HAMPTON HAWES This Guy's In Love With You (aka Live at the Montmartre) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Guy's In Love With You (aka Live at the Montmartre)
Hard Bop 1975
HAMPTON HAWES Trio at Montreux album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio at Montreux
Hard Bop 1976
HAMPTON HAWES The Challenge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Challenge
Hard Bop 1976
HAMPTON HAWES Memory Lane Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Memory Lane Live
Blues 1977
HAMPTON HAWES A Little Copenhagen Night Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Little Copenhagen Night Music
Hard Bop 1977
HAMPTON HAWES Piano Improvisation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Improvisation
Hard Bop 1977
HAMPTON HAWES Live At The Jazz Showcase In Chicago Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Jazz Showcase In Chicago Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1981
HAMPTON HAWES Recorded Live At The Great American Music Hall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Recorded Live At The Great American Music Hall
Hard Bop 1983
HAMPTON HAWES Live at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago Vol. 2
Hard Bop 1989

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HAMPTON HAWES re-issues & compilations

HAMPTON HAWES Hampton Hawes, Freddie Redd ‎: Move! album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hampton Hawes, Freddie Redd ‎: Move!
Hard Bop 1965
HAMPTON HAWES The Two Sides Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Two Sides Of
Hard Bop 1977
HAMPTON HAWES All Night Session! 1~3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Night Session! 1~3
Hard Bop 1986
HAMPTON HAWES Spanish Steps album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spanish Steps
Hard Bop 2001
HAMPTON HAWES The Trio: Complete Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trio: Complete Sessions
Hard Bop 2006
HAMPTON HAWES For Real: Complete Session album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For Real: Complete Session
Hard Bop 2012

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HAMPTON HAWES All Night Session!, Volume 3

Album · 1958 · Hard Bop
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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.

HAMPTON HAWES Hampton Hawes, Freddie Redd ‎: Move!

Boxset / Compilation · 1965 · Hard Bop
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"Move" is a mid-60s re-issue of “Piano East Piano West”, an album from the mid-50s that presented two new pianists at the time, with one side given to Freddie Redd, and the other side to Hampton Hawes. Although the original release gave top billing to Redd, “Move!” gives top billing to Hawes. This is an excellent LP that captures the sound of piano jazz in the mid-50s, still rooted in the bop innovations of Bud Powell, but also leaning towards the new hard bop sound that these guys, along with others like Horace Silver, will create. Between Redd and Hawes, Freddie is more apt to wear his Bud influences on his sleeve, sounding very much like Powell at times, although a little more lyrical and less given to flash. Hawes, on the other hand, has more of a unique sound with a lot of dissonant quirky edges that may remind some of Monk or possibly other odd stylists like Ahmad Jamal or Herbie Nichols. Along with their bop background, the other uniting factor for Redd and Hawes is that they are both very under-rated and overlooked performers, with neither getting near the acclaim as many of their contemporaries.

The Freddie Redd cuts feature the pianist with just bass and drums, while Hawes adds Larry Bunker on vibes to fill out his otherwise similar quartet. Redd tends to stretch out on his solos, taking many choruses, while Hawes and his group have that be-bop styled short and sassy approach to solos that leads to eight tunes on his side, to the four on Redd’s side. The addition of vibes to Hawes’ group makes for a unique sound, definitely leaning towards a more exotic west coast feel, but these guys are not ‘cool’, as they definitely work up a sweat on several tunes.

Both sides of this split LP are excellent, but Hawes’ sometimes off-the-wall approach to the piano, plus his colorful quartet sound and their short punchy tunes gives him the edge in a comparison. I doubt this was ever re-issued on CD, but this sort of older acoustic jazz sounds so much better on vinyl anyway. Modern digital production tends to smooth out all the rough edges and natural dissonances that make this music enjoyable in the first place.

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