miércoles, septiembre 28, 2022

Hampton Hawes: ‘4!’ – JazzWax

By the late Fifties in Los Angeles, golf had develop into as very important to a jazz musician’s earnings as a working vehicle. The game was a social assembly floor, a spot to get to know musicians off the bandstand. A number of of the West Coast jazz musicians I’ve interviewed through the years talked concerning the significance of the golf course when it comes to camaraderie and networking. This was very true for black musicians, who have been in a position to construct friendships with extra established black and white musicians who may assist them with gigs and recording dates.

However early within the decade, there had been an issue. Most programs in Los Angeles did not permit blacks, Jews, Italians and different ethnic teams. That modified in 1955, when Maggie Hathaway, a black social activist, utilized for membership on the Chester Washington Golf Course’s Ladies’s Golf Membership. Rejected, she went to see Kenneth Hahn, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and a supporter of civil rights. She defined that public programs depending on tax {dollars} could not discriminate. Hahn agreed and the course’s administration group was changed. He additionally compelled different publicly funded programs to diversify. [Photo above from left, Hadda (Hopgood) Brooks, Maggie Hathaway and Dorothy Dandridge at Gibbs Jockey Club Cafe in Los Angeles in the late 1940s]

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The explanation I am telling you all of that is that I am pretty sure that the long-lasting photograph by Richard Gross on the duvet of Hampton Hawes’s 4! album was taken at Chester Washington. Recorded in January 1958 for Modern, the album featured Hawes on piano accompanied by guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Pink Mitchell and drummer Shelly Manne. In contrast to most piano-led ensemble periods on the time, this one was extra of a musical dialogue between 4 very good West Coast jazz musicians. [Photo above of Hampton Hawes by K. Abe/Shinko Music]

The tracks on the LP are Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite, There Will By no means Be One other You, Pink Mitchell’s Bow Jest, Candy Sue, and Hampton Hawes’s Up Blues. Two further tracks wound up on the CD launch: Thou Swell and Hawes’s gospel blues The Terrible Reality. [Photo above of Shelly Manne]

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The album is notable not just for its participating and stylish improvisational exchanges but in addition for it is swinging, upbeat really feel. As Nat Hentoff factors out within the album’s liner notes, the album marked a few firsts. Bow Jest was Mitchell’s first recording of a bowed solo. And the album marked the primary time Hawes performed Love Is Simply Across the Nook, studying it as he went alongside. [Photo above of Barney Kessel]

As Hawes informed Nat:

I began to take a look at the chords and located I might listened to it someday, someplace. I had it in my thoughts, I suppose, as a result of I used to be enjoying the fitting chords.

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The enjoying is nothing in need of outstanding. Hawes is at his peak right here and would go on to file a number of necessary albums in 1958, together with For Actual, Sonny Rollins and the Modern Leaders and The Sermon earlier than a drug bust on November 13, his birthday. He was imprisoned following his unwillingness to disclose his sellers and testify towards them. His musical interactions with every musician are outstanding. Past the floor sound of 4 musicians enjoying collectively, hear for every of the duo exchanges. The sound of 4 artists creating extraordinary music and having a ball.

Hampton Hawes died in 1977, Barney Kessel in 2004, Pink Mitchell in 1992 and Shelly Manne in 1984.

JazzWax tracks:
You may discover Hampton Hawes’s 4! (Modern) right here.

Earlier this yr, Harmony’s Craft label re-issued 4! on 180-gram vinyl (above) mastered from the unique tapes by Bernie Grundman. The sound is unbelievable. You may discover it right here.

For extra details about the Craft vinyl re-issue, go right here.

JazzWax clips: This is Yardbird Suite adopted by the remainder of the album…

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