29 February 2008

HAMPTON HAWES - PLAYIN' IN THE YARD
























Hampton Hawes
for Prestige from 1973.
Hampton Hawes-Electric/Acoustic Piano;Bob Cranshaw-Electric Bass;Kenny Clarke-Drums

Hampton Hawes live at Montreux produced by Orrin Keepnews.Here's a very underwhelming review by you know who at amg:
This live LP mostly features Hampton Hawes on electric piano, performing at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival in a trio with electric bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Kenny Clarke. Hawes interprets three of his originals, Sonny Rollins' catchy "Playin' In the Yard," and "Stella By Starlight." Although well-played, little memorable occurs, and Hawes never did sound as distinctive on keyboards as he did on acoustic piano. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
320 rip from the 2003 Fantasy cd reissue.

20 comments:

Roy said...

In tis case I have to agree with AMG. I love Hamp to death and I have this LP. He spent a few years playing electric piano and it didn't do a thing for his artistry. A brilliant pianist with lots of recordings available. This one is not essential .

Absolute said...

Ouch! That's a bit harsh. I've just played this through and i love Hamp's electric style. Sure, his acoustic stuff is rich and even vunerable, but his electric sound is intelligently funky. For me its a different beast coming from a different direction and definitely achieving a different form of artistry. Surely, no less valid. I would rate his electric sound within the the top five Rhodes artists of the early seventies rubbing shoulders with Strazzeri, Cunimondo and others. Is it his best work? Maybe not, but i just love that sound and can't get enough of it, any electric Hampton is always a real treat and i thank you Bacoso for this one.
By the way Roy, I am not dissin' you, i would love more folk to express their opinions on posts, makes the whole experience even more interesing.

Roy said...

No problem absolute. I'm really not a fan of electric piano and I love Hamps acoustic playing so much that I always feel that it would be better if he weren't playing electric. Especially on a recording where he's mostly playing bop. By the way, If you've never read his autobiography titled 'Raise Up Off Me' I can highly recommend it. It's really excellent and is in print in paperback.

Mulata said...

While it's recomanded to share thoughts..Loading my Ipod reguarly, people here in smal LIMBURG(Belgium, think the limbo came from here?uhm..)are looking verry strange at me on the bus and other places when they hear this music comming out of the Ear phones, even musicians, thinking?, man, where dit he get that music?!It really drowns attetion in envy for poeple that makes them ond the other end, verry friendly + a good ice breaker for them leadies..
Music is a Heeling force indeed.

Thanks for the great posts.

Ibrahim.

Mulata said...

While it's recomanded to share thoughts..Loading my Ipod reguarly, people here in smal LIMBURG(Belgium, think the limbo came from here?uhm..)are looking verry strange at me on the bus and other places when they hear this music comming out of the Ear phones, even musicians, thinking?, man, where dit he get that music?!It really drowns attetion in envy for poeple that makes them ond the other end, verry friendly + a good ice breaker for them leadies..
Music is a Heeling force indeed.

Thanks for the great posts.

Ibrahim.

Dennis said...

I am also underwhelmed.

I loved Hampton Hawes' early Contemporary LPs - they were seldon off my turntable.

Dunno what happened to him when he reached the 70s.

ish said...

Well me I love the '70s stuff... (surprise!). Thanks for this one Bacoso, looking forward to hearing it.

ish said...

hey Bacoso, I've already got Northern Windows...but thanks.

bacoso said...

ish -doh...sorry I deleted my comment as realised its not you who wants it !!!Think it was blue burning soul.

hevisto said...

The site looks great as always. Can I please ask for a re-up of Sabu Martinez' Afro Temple? I lost some data recently and that was one I cannot find anywhere else.

Thank you so much.

phil said...
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Reza said...

hevisto... was on my blog from the reissue vinyl

http://rapidshare.com/files/45803657/AFRO_TEMPLE_REZA.zip.html

fuzzy808s said...

i've never heard hampton hawes.
i'm looking forward to it
thanks.

Sax Mann said...

do you have Hampton Hawes' The Sermon?

Sax Mann said...

do you have Northern Windows by Hampton Hawes?

ish said...

Hey Sax Mann if you're gonna be posting my rip links on blogs please send people to my blog not the rapidshare link? Thanks.

http://ileoxumare.blogspot.com/search?q=hampton+hawes

db said...

great music!
check out Calisoulbrother Records for rare soul, jazz, brazil, latin & funk records!

Gildas 12 said...

Dreadful celestial jazz and deep fusion here !! THANKS indeed

About this Hampton LP, does any of you got the link for download ?

Cheers

Gildas - www.myspace.com/Gildas12

Gildas 12 said...

hum... link is in the htmled' title.. smart like a mosquito's tweeter !!

CQFD

Thanks again for helping me buiding up my musical sanctuary

Leslie Lim said...

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