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Hampton Hawes

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Who Was Hampton Hawes? Although one rarely hears of Hampton Hawes today he was a significant presence on the jazz scene in the mid- 50s then again from the mid-60s on until his death in 1977. A direct descendant of bebop who had been variously classified as "West Coast" and "funk-jazz" or "rhythm school," Hawes transcended all these categories. He was famous for his prodigious right hand, his deep groove, his very personal playing, his profound blues conceptions, and his versatility within a mainstream context. He remained anchored in chord-change based jazz with chord changes his whole career. A mostly self-taught musician, he matured early musically and late personally-by his own admission

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Mingus Three (Deluxe Edition)

Label: Rhino
Released: 2022
Track listing: Disc One: Original LP: Yesterdays; Back Home Blues; I Can’t Get Started; Hamp’s New Blues; Summertime; Dizzy Moods; Laura. Disc Two: The Outtakes: Untitled Blues; Untitled Blues (Take 2); Back Home Blues (Take 6); Hamp’s New Blues (Take 4}; I Can’t Get Started (Take 1); Yesterdays (Take 2, incomplete); Dizzy Moods (Take 2); Summertime (Take 3).

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Outstanding Hampton

Read "Outstanding Hampton" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


It's time for a deep dive, listeners, and the subject this round is underappreciated West Coast keyboard wizard Hampton Hawes. Hawes did most of his best-known recordings for Contemporary Jazz, and we'll look at a couple of releases on that storied (but also underappreciated) label, as well as a collaboration with Charles Mingus and a sample ...

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Article: Album Review

Bayard, Hulett, Lomax: Trio Plays Mingus

Read "Trio Plays Mingus" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In the year that would have been Charles Mingus' one-hundredth birthday, there is no shortage of reissues, tribute albums, and previously unreleased sessions such as The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's (Resonance Records, 2022). But for drummer & composer Mark Lomax, the musical legacy of Mingus has special meaning. His Trio Plays Mingus gives new life ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Mingus: Mingus Three (Deluxe Edition)

Read "Mingus Three (Deluxe Edition)" reviewed by Chris May


The 100th anniversary of the birth of the Promethean genius Charles Mingus falls on April 22, 2022--and Rhino/Parlophone are releasing a 2 x CD edition of Mingus Three (aka Trio, Jubilee, 1957) to coincide. Disc one contains the original LP, vibrantly remastered by Dominique Brethes at Flow Mastering in London. Disc two consists of six previously ...

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Westward Bound!

Label: Reel to Real
Released: 2021
Track listing: Vendetta; Beepdurple; Happily Dancing/ Deep Harmonies Falling; My Romance; Triplin' The Groove; Autumn Leaves; Who Can I Turn To?; Beau-TY; Blue N' Boogie.

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hampton Hawes

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hampton Hawes

All About Jazz is celebrating Hampton Hawes' birthday today! Who Was Hampton Hawes? Although one rarely hears of Hampton Hawes today he was a significant presence on the jazz scene in the mid- 50s then again from the mid-60s on until his death in 1977. A direct descendant of bebop who had been variously classified as ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Charlie Parker: Remastered Highlights From His Peak Years

Read "Charlie Parker: Remastered Highlights From His Peak Years" reviewed by Chris May


Charlie Parker's recorded legacy has been repackaged, reissued, reshuffled and refried so often that newbies and connoisseurs alike are spoilt for choice. Parker's oeuvre has not been meaningfully remixed, however, due to the technical constraints attached to late 1930s through early 1950s recordings--but much of it has been remastered, sometimes with excellent results. Not one of ...

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Article: Album Review

Harold Land: Westward Bound!

Read "Westward Bound!" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


One can't help but wonder how large the stage may have been for tenor saxophonist Harold Land had he not tethered himself to the west coast for the majority of his career. In 1954 Land moved from Santa Monica to Los Angeles and quickly earned himself a place in the immensely popular Clifford Brown/Max ...

News: Interview

Chuck Israels on Hampton Hawes

Chuck Israels on Hampton Hawes

In May 1965, pianist Hampton Hawes recorded an album of standards with bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Donald Bailey. The album was Here and Now, an extraordinary session for the Contemporary label. The songs were recognizable to anyone picking up the album in stores, but the execution was anything by standard. Hampton, Chuck and Bailey sail ...


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