Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hampton Hawes Trio -The Seance (1966)

Second part of the April 30 and May 1, 1966 performance at Mitchell’s Studio Club, Los Angeles (first part was “I’m All Smiles", see below).

Hampton Hawes (p) Red Mitchell (b) Donald Bailey (d)

Rec. live at Mitchell's Studio Club, Los Angeles CA, April 30 - May 1, 1966

The Seance Contemporary M 3621

The Seance
Easy Street
Suddenly I Thought Of You
For Heaven's Sake
My Romance

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hampton Hawes - Live at the Montmartre (1971)

We continue our Hawes crusade with another great live performance, this time at the famous “Jazzhus Montmartre” in Copenhagen on September 2, 1971.

Blowing is more open and relaxed this time, maybe Hawes was tackling the style du jour or he was just in a more somber mood, at any rate the playing is superb throughout - he even enters pop territory exploring Burt Bacharach's "This Guy's in Love with You" in his own, unique way. And lest I forget, we have the added bonus of Dexter Gordon joining in for some serious chops exchange on the aptly named blues Dexter's Deck , enjoy.


Hampton Hawes: piano
Henry Franklin: bass
Michael Carvin: drums
Dexter Gordon: tenor sax on Dexter’s Deck

Track Listing:

The Camel
Little Miss Laurie
Broad Blue Acres
This Guy’s In Love With You
Spanish Way
Dexter’s Deck

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hampton Hawes - Something Special (1976)

Yet another Hawes great live date from 1976 at the renown Douglas Beach House at Half Moon Bay in San Fransisco (seen below circa 1958), home to the best jazz for the last 50 years in, well, beach house settings. Just joking here as jazz doesn't have to have the pomp and circumstance of other 'serious' music idioms and bliss can be achieved in meager surroundings like this one if audience reaction is to be taken into account.


Hampton Hawes (p)
Denny Diaz (g)
Leroy Vinnegar (b)
Al Williams (d)

Recorded at the Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay, CA, June 10, 1976

Track Listing

BD & DS Blues
Pablito -
Sunny -
Nice Meanderings -
St. Thomas -
Fly Me To The Moon -