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Hampton HawesBird Song ... CD CD format
Contemporary/OJC, 1956/1958. New Copy ... $5.99 11.98
A rare slice of 50s work from pianist Hampton Hawes – material recorded during his initial strong run for Contemporary Records, but unissued until many years later! The album allows a chance to hear Hamp away from his better-known trio of the period – and some of the tracks feature Paul Chambers on bass and Lawrence Marable on drums, while others feature Scott LaFaro's bass and Frank Butler's drums. The work still has the incredible fluidity that Hawes brought to the table back in the 50s – a style that's inspired by the fast invention of bop, but colored with a warmer sense of lyricism overall. Titles include "Cheryl", "Blues For Jacque", "Bird Song", "Big Foot", "Ray's Idea", and "Stella By Starlight". CD

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Hampton HawesGreen Leaves Of Summer ... LP LP format
Contemporary, 1964. Very Good+ ... $34.99
With Monk Montgomery on bass and Steve Ellington on drums – and titles that include "Ill Wind", "St Thomas", "Vierd Blues", "Secret Love", "Blue Skies", and "GK Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some splitting on the spine & top seam.)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Jam Session (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
Columbia (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $23.99
A totally wonderful Japanese-only album from pianist Hampton Hawes – a set that's very different than both his American and European work of the 60s – and a date that also features key work from some excellent Japanese musicians! Hawes has that great open sense of flow he really developed on the piano in the 60s – and sets the scene for each tune with these long, lyrical lines that instantly grab us – which then make space for both Hidehiko Matsumoto and Akira Miyazawa on tenor, Shungo Sawada on guitar, Isao Suzuki on bass, and George Otsuka on drums! The record's got a soulful, open vibe – kind of like taking Hawes' excellent 60s work for Contemporary, and making room for very personal expression on tenor and guitar – and titles include "Buzzy", "Uma-San's Blues", "All The Things You Are", and "There Will Never Be Another You". CD

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New Hampton Hawes, Cecil McBee, Roy HaynesLive At The Jazz Showcase In Chicago Vol 2 ... CD CD format
Enja (Germany), 1973. Used ... Just Sold Out!
(Out of print.)

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New Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Trio Vol 1 (XRCD pressing) ... CD CD format
Contemporary/JVC (Japan), 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
'Leaping brilliance on the keys from a young Hampton Hawes – a player who makes this record bristle with excitement from the very first note! The format is simple, but the presentation here is breathtaking – a rock-solid trio performance that shows why Hawes was one of the greatest talents on the keys to come out of the west coast in the 50s – one with the fluidity of some of the better-known crossover players of the era, but the harder edge and sharper notes of the boppers, plus just a touch of nascent soul jazz in the rhythms. Backing is by Red Mitchell on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums – and titles include "Hamps Blues", "Carioca", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Blues The Most", "Easy Living" and "All The Things You Are". CD

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New Hampton Hawes, Cecil McBee, Roy HaynesLive At The Jazz Showcase In Chicago Vol 1 ... CD CD format
Enja (Germany), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hell of a great live set from pianist Hampton Hawes – thanks especially to the other members of the trio! Hawes is at his free, open, 70s best on the piano – but bassist Cecil McBee really takes the record to the next level – spinning out these amazing lines that are as rhythmic as they are melodic – often crafted with that rounded tone that was his important calling card during this stretch! Drummer Roy Haynes is a bundle of energy – bursting out in surprising ways, occasionally in counterpoint to the piano and bass – and the whole thing cooks nicely on a set of extended tracks. Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "Blue Bird", "St Thomas", and "Spanish Mood". CD

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New Lighthouse All Stars/Barney Kessel/Hampton HawesLighthouse At Laguna ... LP LP format
Contemporary, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An unusual Lighthouse All Stars album – in that it features 3 different sets of artists in the spotlight – but a unified record nonetheless, as all the work was recorded on the same evening! The core Lighthouse group dominates on most numbers – and features bassist Howard Rumsey at the lead, plus Bud Shank on alto and flute, Bob Cooper on tenor sax, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Claude Williamson on piano. But on one track, the group's augmented by Barney Kessel – who handles the lead solo on "Round Midnight" – and on others, they step aside and let the Hampton Hawes trio come in and perform versions of "Walkin" and "The Champ". But given the presence of Cooper and Shank on horns, we're most partial to the All Stars tunes – and really dig their originals "Mood For Lighthouse", "Witch Doctor", "Blind Man's Bluff", and "Lady Jean". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Lighthouse/Contemporary pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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New Hampton HawesNorthern Windows ... CD CD format
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best David Axelrod-assisted albums from the early 70s – a sweet batch of funky cuts with arrangements and backings handled by Axe, and loads of great keyboard lines from the legendary Hampton Hawes! The record really bubbles with the warm and soulful approach Axelrod was using at Fantasy – kind of a step off his stark modern sound at Capitol, but still done with just the right amount of space and appreciation of a funky rhythm. The great Carol Kaye is on bass, and Hawes plays some totally sweeeeeeeet electric keys on the set – really stretching out in ways that are different than some of his acoustic work of a few years before – yet still filled with the same rich sort of imagination. Titles include "Sierra Morena", "Go Down Moses", "Web", "Tune Axle Grease", and "C&H Sugar". CD
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Gene AmmonsGene Ammons & Friends At Montreux ... LP LP format
Prestige, 1973. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Gene Ammons has some pretty hip friends here – a roster of talent that includes guest appearances by hornmen Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, and Nat Adderley on one long jam number – plus Hampton Hawes on electric piano on the entire set! The work's done in a laidback, long-blowing way – more the Gene Ammons of earlier live dates than the revived funk hero of the early 70s Prestige years – but thanks to some nicely spacious keyboards from Hawes, the record's got a more modern sound than you might expect, and is a good bridge between 60s and 70s soul jazz modes. Titles include "New Sonny's Blues", "Treux Blue", "Sophisticated Lady", and "Yardbird Suite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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David Axelrod & OthersAxelrod Chronicles ... CD CD format
Fantasy, Early 70s. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
It's great to see that David Axelrod's finally getting his due – and this reissue of material from Fantasy is one of the first reissues of his work in the US! Most cuts here are much more jazz-based than Axelrod's higher-concept material under his own name for Capitol in the late 60s – and the music represents Axe's key move to Fantasy after bigger label fame – a move that he made with Cannonball Adderley, who also figures in on some of these tracks. The CD features 8 tracks from Axelrod's Full Axe album – a tasty bit of funky fusion that's one of his best jazz-oriented releases – plus a sampling of tracks from other albums he produced and/or arranged for Fantasy. Titles from Full Axe include "My Family", "Mucho Chupar", "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing", and "Everything Counts" – and other tracks include "Cantaro" and "Solitario" by Gene Ammons, "Bach" and "Sierra Morena" by Hampton Hawes, "Quit It" by Nat Adderley, "Goodbye So Long" by Funk Inc, and "Stayin Place" from the Big Man 2LP set. CD
(CD case has a small cutout notch.)

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New Dexter GordonBlues A La Suisse ... LP LP format
Prestige, 1973. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Recorded live at Montreux in 1973 – with electric and acoustic piano from Hampton Hawes, plus Bob Cranshaw on electric bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Charles MingusTrio (aka Mingus Three) ... LP LP format
Jubilee, 1957. Very Good- ... $11.99
A classic trio session from Charles Mingus – one of the few he ever recorded! The set's got Mingus on bass, working with regular drummer Danny Richmond and pianist Hampton Hawes – an unusual choice for the record, but a player whose sense of freedom and intensity at this point really helps bring in some of the energy of some of the larger group recordings from Mingus! Hawes' incredible piano lines really fly over the top, and Mingus' bass comes to the forefront as well – getting plenty of room for personal elements that Charles never got as strongly in the larger sessions. The set list includes a mix of originals and standards, with "Back Home Blues", "Hamp's New Blues", "Dizzy Moods", and "Laura". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing. Vinyl has some marks that click. Cover has clear tape on the seams, and a peeled strip along the spine on back from tape removal.)

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Lennie NiehausLennie Niehaus Vol 4 – The Quintets & Strings ... CD CD format
Contemporary/OJC, 1955. Used ... $4.99
Sublime work from this oft-overlooked alto player – a wonderful album that features Lennie playing in quintets with Bill Perkins, Bob Gordon, Stu Williamson, and Hampton Hawes – plus added string quartet backings on most of the tunes – making for a shimmering sound that's really magical! The album has traces of Charlie Parker's work with strings – in that Lennie's alto soars over the top of the arrangements with a mellifluous glide and incredible precision, never getting too buried in the arrangements, and striking out with more soul than we've heard on some of his smaller combo records. Titles include "All The Things You Are", "Cross Walk", "Troubled Waters", "Rondo", "Star Eyes", and "Lens". CD

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Shorty RogersModern Sounds (2 x 7 inch EP) ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Capitol, 1951. Very Good 2 x 7" (pic cover)... $9.99
Seminal west coast work from the start of the 50s – a groundbreaking 10" album that showed the best early talents of trumpeter Shorty Rogers! The group here is Rogers at his hippest – before a bigger rise to 50s fame, and right at the start of a great run as a leader and arranger on his own. The Giants combo here features Art Pepper on alto, Jimmy Giuffre on tenor, John Graas on French horn, and Hampton Hawes on piano – all playing with a style that's tight, yet still has plenty of swing, and a lot more room for individual group voices than other later arrangers who tried to cop Shorty's style! All tracks are extremely playful, but without sounding gimmicky – and tunes include "Four Mothers", "Didi", "Sam & The Lady", "Over The Rainbow", "Apropos" and "Popo". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Jimmy WitherspoonSingin The Blues ... LP LP format
World Pacific, 1959. Very Good ... $11.99
Jazzier stuff than usual for Jimmy – but that's probably because he's got backing group a group that includes Gerald Wilson, Teddy Edwards, Jimmy Allen, Hampton Hawes, and Harry Edison. David Axelrod – believe it or not – was the album's producer, and although the set sounds nothing like his later work at Capitol, the quality of the session shows his care with jazz from the early days onward. Titles include "All That's Good", "There's Good Rockin Tonight", "SK Blues", "Sweet's Blues", and "When I've Been Drinkin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, split bottom seam, and discoloration from age on back.)

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VariousBlack California ... LP LP format
Savoy, Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
A great compilation – despite the title – one that features west coast recordings made by Savoy, showing the less "cool jazz" side of the LA scene in the late 40s and early 50s! There's some excellent material on here not available elsewhere – especially some great bop groovers in the Central Ave kind of mode. The album's got 3 tracks by Slim Gaillard – "Laguna", "Boogin At Bergs", "Dunkin Bagel. 4 by a large group with Art Farmer, Eric Dolphy, Joe Howard, and Roy Porter – "Pete's Beat", "Sippin With Cisco", "This Is You", and "Gassin The Wig". 4 more by a quartet with Freddie Jackson and Harold Land – "Outlandish", "Swingin On Savoy", "San Diego Bounce", and "I'll Remember April". And more by Sonny Criss and Wardell Gray, Art Pepper and Hampton Hawes, and Helen Humes and Dexter Gordon. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and a name in pen on all sides.)

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New Scott LaFaroDeep In A Dream (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
SSJ (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bassist Scott LaFaro left a very big mark on jazz – especially given his few short years on this planet – recording seminal sides with players like Bill Evans and Hampton Hawes – both of whom were really transformed by his work on bass! This set brings together some rare material from the late 50s – three appearances on the Stars Of Jazz TV show, including two with Victor Feldman on piano and Stan Levy on bass, and one more with Cal Tjader on vibes and Vince Guaraldi on piano! The set also features a nice long rehearsal track, recorded at the LA store Recordville – also with the Feldman trio – and titles include "Rehearsal Blues"," Bebop", "Flamingo", "Deep In A Dream", "Crow's Nest", "Liz Anne", "Tumbaro", and "You Are My Lucky Star". CD

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New Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins & The Contemporary Leaders (Japanese pressing) ... CD CD format
Contemporary (Japan), 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Sonny's brilliant west coast sessions for Contemporary – records that shouldn't sparkle as much as they do, but which actually stand with his best work of the 50s! Sonny's blowing in front of a session of "leaders" that includes Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, Shelly Manne, and Victor Feldman, who plays vibes on one track. Sonny's the real leader here, though – as his bold, proud tenor tone really takes front seat, carving lines that never get tired, bringing a sparkle into tunes like "You", "How High The Moon", "I've Found A New Baby", "The Song Is You", and "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star". Heck, even with songs like those, the album should be weak – but there's an undeniable magic that really makes it great! Includes 3 alternate takes. CD