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Hampton Hawes

Hampton Hawes was one of the finest jazz pianists of the 1950s, a fixture on the Los Angeles scene who brought his own interpretations to the dominant Bud Powell style. In the mid- to late '40s, he played with Sonny Criss, Dexter Gordon, and Wardell Gray, among others on Central Avenue. He was with Howard McGhee's band (1950-1951), played with Shorty Rogers and the Lighthouse All-Stars, served in the Army (1952-1954), and then led trios in the L.A. area, recording many albums for Contemporary. Arrested for heroin possession in 1958, Hawes spent five years in prison until he was pardoned by President Kennedy. He led trios for the remainder of his life, using electric piano (which disturbed his longtime fans) for a period in the early to mid-'70s, but returned to acoustic piano before dying from a stroke in 1977. Hampton Hawes' memoirs, Raise Up Off Me (1974), are both frank and memorable, and most of his records (for Xanadu, Prestige, Savoy, Contemporary, Black Lion, and Freedom) are currently available. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Essential Jazz Masters

Disc 1

1. All The Things You Are

2. Yesterdays

3. 'Round Midnight

4. Love Is Just Around The Corner

5. Yardbird Suite

6. There Will Never Be Another You

7. I'll Remember April

8. St. Thomas

9. Just Squeeze Me

10. Blues The Most

11. I Love You

12. Hamp's Blues

13. G.K. Blues

14. Up Blues

15. The Awful Truth

16. So In Love

17. Broadway

18. April In Paris

19. Sweet Sue

20. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

21. Go Down Moses

22. Vierd Blues

23. Blue 'N Boogie

24. Feelin' Fine

25. Easy Living

26. Thou Swell

27. Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho

28. You And The Night And The Music

29. The More I See You

30. Autumn In New York

31. What Is This Thing Called Love?

Disc 2

1. Carioca

2. Groovin' High

3. I Got Rhythm

4. These Foolish Things

5. The Green Leaves Of Summer

6. Just A Closer Walks With Thee

7. Crazeology

8. Will You Still Be Mine?

9. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

10. Steeplechase

11. Section Blues

12. Secret Love

13. Stella By Starlight

14. Hampton's Pulpit

15. Two Bass Hit

16. For Real

17. Woody'n You

18. Jordu

19. Numbers Game

20. Bow Jest

21. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

22. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

23. Takin' Care

24. I Should Care

25. Down By The Riverside

26. Like Someone In Love

27. Blues Skies

28. Blues For Jacque

29. Blues N/C

30. Ill Wind

31. Hip

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Track List: Blues For Bud

1. Blues Enough

2. Sonora

3. They Say It's Wonderful

4. Black Forest (Take 3)

5. Children'S Play

6. Blues For Bud

7. Spanish Steps(Take 2)

8. Dangerous

9. My Romance

10. Spanish Steps (Take 1)

11. Black Forest (Take 2)

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Track List: The Green Leaves Of Summer

1. Vierd Blues

2. The Green Leaves Of Summer

3. Ill Wind

4. St. Thomas

5. Secret Love

7. The More I See You

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Track List: For Real!

1. Hip

2. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

3. Crazeology (Little Bennie)

4. Numbers Game

5. For Real

6. I Love You

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Track List: This Is Hampton Hawes Volume 2

1. You And The Night And The Music

2. Stella By Starlight

3. Blues For Jacque

4. Yesterdays

5. Steeplechase

6. 'Round Midnight

7. Just Squeeze Me

9. Section Blues

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Track List: Four

1. Yardbird Suite

2. There Will Never Be Another You

3. Bow Jest

4. Sweet Sue

5. Up Blues

6. Like Someone In Love

7. Love Is Just Around The Corner

8. Thou Swell

9. The Awful Truth

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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
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Great musician. His first Contemporary album (the trio vol. 1) remains one of favorite recordings even after all these years.
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bensongardne r
I feel like you can hear the kindness mentioned by an earlier comment-er in his gentle, deeply reassuring style.
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Hamp had such fast hands. A real example of the LA jazz scene at its prime.

Why pandora lists Cannonball Adderly as a similar artist is a mystery.
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frankgpotter
Just Great For any Tme!!
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I was fortunate to have heard him perform with bassist Carol Kaye in the early 70s, albeit on electric piano. I adore his early Contemporary albums. He's up there with Sonny Clark and
Red Garland as the premier post-Powell players. At age 17 he played with Bird at the Hi-de-Ho in Los Angeles, the gig recorded and preserved by Dean Benedetti!
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Beautiful, I had not heard of Mr. Hawes
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His duet album with Charlie Haden is one of my favorite albums.
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One of The Greatest Keyboard Players, I prefer him even over the great Oscar Peterson!!
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kemp.masseng i l l
Hampton Hawes is a brilliant pianist. I actually knew him when he was in the Ft. Worth USPHS prison. He is a very kind and talented person.
Kemp Massengill
Leucadia California
kemp.masseng i l @ m e d n o v u s . c o m

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