Grace under pressure
While the West Coast Jazz pianist are not was well known as their East Coast brothers. However, the West Coast did produce their share of fine pianists. Dolo Coker, Carl Perkins, and Gene Russell just to mention three. Perhaps the best of the West Coast bunch was Hampton Hawes, a sort of Bud Powell filtered through a Los Angeles sensibility.
Hawes began his career backing Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray in the late 1940s. He ...