A posthumous issue of material by Hampton Hawes
– material originally recorded in the late 60s for the Vault label, repackaged here as a 2-in-1 set! The first record features work from High In The Sky – a lost trio session by Hawes
, recorded in LA in 1970, with backing by Leroy Vinnegar and Donald Bailey – and a sound that's a lot more soulful than usual! Hawes
is in fine fine form at the time – playing long and contemplative lines that almost sound like they're coming from an electric piano at times, in a mode that must have had a huge influence on other west coast jazzers, like George Cables. The album's got a great long cover of "The Look Of Love", plus a groovy set of originals that include "Muffin Man", "Carmel", "Spanish Girl", and "High In The Sky". A bit hipper than some of his other work – and with a nicely subdued groove! The second set is similar, but slightly different – titled Hampton Hawes
Plays Movie Musicals, and featuring a bunch of tunes from same – played by Hampton
in a trio setting, but one that's also slightly augmented by a small group from time to time. Titles include "Old Devil Moon", "Where Is Love", "How Are Things In Glocca Morra", and "As Long As She Needs Me".
(Cover has light wear.)