An amazingly individual and very little known vibes and piano virtuoso who was sadly robbed from jazz in a fatal car accident at the insanely young age of 32 in his last piano trio recording as a leader - a must listen. His approach to the keyboard brings to mind Lennie Tristano, no less.
Personnel: Eddie Costa (p) Wendell Marshall (b) Paul Motian (ds)
Track Listing 1. House of Blue Lights (Gigi Gryce) 2. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart) 3. Diane (E. Rapee-L. Pollack) 4. Annabelle (Eddie Costa) 5. When I Fall in Love (Heyman-Young) 6. What’s to Ya (Eddie Costa)
Great music from Spanish multi - reedist Pedro Iturralde and his quartet circa 1968 featuring the great Hampton Hawes who was visiting Europe at the time with both men at the peak of their powers -- this is jazz of the take-no-prisoners-late-night kind, enjoy
Pedro Iturralde: reeds Hampton Hawes: piano Eric Peter: bass Peer Wyboris: drums
On Green Dolphin Street Black Forest (Hampton Hawes) Blues Autumn Leaves Oleo Moonlight In Vermont My Funny Valentine
Another great Hawes date recorded on April 30 and May 1, 1966 in performance at Mitchell's Studio Club in LA in the able company of Messrs Red Mitchell on bass and Donald Bailey on drums clearly demonstrating that the best jazz is live jazz.
I'm All Smiles Manha De Carnaval Spring Is Here The Shadow Of Your Smile Searchin'
Enter two African - Americans, one of them living permanently in France (Kenny Clarke) and two Frenchmen, one of them being born in Algiers (a pied noir or "black foot" as the Frenchies call them), two pianos, a bass and a set of drums and a very interesting musical situation can develop. I know, a jazz quartet with two pianos sounds bizarre but if you are a virtuoso in the mold of Hampton Hawes and Martial Solal these are mere formalities, enjoy.
Personnel: Hampton Hawes: piano Martial Solal: piano Pierre Michelot: bass Kenny "Clook" Clarke: drums
Rec. Paris, Jan. 1968
Track listing: Key For Two Stella By Stralight Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most Bag's Groove Lover, Come Back To Me Fly Me To The Moon The Theme Godchild Three For Two
This 1964 recording was Hampton Hawes’s first in more than five years. It radiates the sense of freedom the pianist felt after John F. Kennedy granted him a presidential pardon halfway through a ten-year sentence for substantial indiscretion. The session made it plain that Hawes was still one of the most important pianists in jazz, as inventive as ever and with added richness in his harmonic structures. Hawes heard special qualities in Dmitri Tiomkin’s “The Green Leaves of Summer,” gave it one of his loveliest introductions, and made it a memorable jazz waltz. The album has special treatments of pieces by Davis, Rollins, Arlen, and Berlin, and includes one of Hawes’s custom-tailored blues.
with Monk Montgomery (Wes' brother) on bass and Steve Ellington on drums.
* 1. Vierd Blues * 2. The Green Leaves Of Summer * 3. Ill Wind * 4. St. Thomas * 5. Secret Love * 6. Blue Skies * 7. The More I See You * 8. G.K. Blues
The attitude of the gallant Six Hundred which so aroused Lord Tennyson's admiration arose from the fact that the least disposition to ask the reason why was discouraged by tricing the would-be inquirer to the triangle and flogging him into insensibility.
Advance to Barbarism
(Mitre Press, 1968).
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