Hampton Hawes - Four! With Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - 180g

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Hampton Hawes - Four! With Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell - 180g
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AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head

Contemporary Acoustic Sounds  - CR00387  - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl

AAA 100% Analogue - Mastered by Bernie Grundman 

Limited Edition - Pressed at QRP Quality Record Pressings 

This new  reissue of Hampton Hawes’ Four! is really a no-brainer bargain for any vintage jazz fan to pick up. Grab one while you can.- Analogue Planet

Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series

Titles featuring Art Pepper, Barney Kessel, Benny Carter, Hampton Hawes and Shelly Manne

Featuring all-analog mastering by Bernie Grundman - Pressed at Quality Record Pressings

Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on jackets

Continuing Craft Recordings' 70th Anniversary celebration of Contemporary Records!

originally engineered by Roy DuNann and/or Howard Holzer, features all-analog mastering from the original tapes by legendary engineer Bernie Grundman (himself a former employee of the label), as well as unsurpassed audiophile pressing on 180-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings, presented in a Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on jacket.

The series highlights gems from Contemporary's extraordinary catalog and features artists who both defined and expanded the sound of West Coast jazz.

Guitarist Barney Kessel, drummer Shelly Manne, bassist Red Mitchell, and the supremely soulful Hampton Hawes, one of jazz's most appealing yet unsun pianists, fill out the quartet scorecard of the 1958 release Four!. Although much later in his career Hawes experimented with electronic keyboards and fusion music, at heart he was a bebopper, as this session makes abundantly clear.

With material like Charlie Parker's "Yardbird Suite," his own "Up Blues," and Red Mitchell's "Bow Jest" (on which Mitchell plays his first recorded bowed solo), Hawes is at a creative peak here. Kessel, who played on the date, paid tribute to Hawes' "inexhaustible ideas on the blues…no one else in modern jazz plays the blues better." And nobody could tie a rhythm section together better than Shelly Manne, the fourth party in this boundingly energetic Four!

Hampton Hawes piano
Barney Kessel guitar
Shelly Manne drums
Red Mitchell bass
Side 1:
Yardbird Suite
There Will Never Be Another You
Bow Jest
Side 2:
Sweet Sue
Up Blues
Like Someone in Love
Love Is Just Around the Corner
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