Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hampton Hawes Quartet All Night Sessions Vol. 2 (1956)

This is the second of three albums that came about as the result of an all-night recording session that took place in Los Angeles on November 12 and 13, 1956. Although Hampton Hawes spontaneously created five original tunes at this extraordinarily inspired date, everything on Vol. 2 comes directly out of the standard bop musician's working repertoire. The quartet, with bassist Red Mitchell, guitarist Jim Hall, and drummer Eldridge "Bruz" Freeman, collectively improvise their way through four attractive standards ("I Should Care" turned out to be the only slow ballad of the entire session) and three of Dizzy Gillespie's most refreshing creations. In 1958 Hawes was quoted as saying "It's hard to put into words how good it feels to play jazz when it's really swinging...I've reached a point where the music fills you up so much emotionally that you feel like shouting hallelujah -- like people do in church when they're converted to God. That's the way I was feeling the night we recorded All Night Session!"
Review by Arwulf Arwulf

1. I'll Remember April
2. I Should Care
3. Woody 'n You
4. Two Bass Hit
5. Will You Still Be Mine
6. April In Paris
7. Blue 'n Boogie

Hampton Hawes (p) Jim Hall (g) Red Mitchell (b) Eldridge Freeman (d)


Jazz Messenger said...

Jeremy said...

Thanks a bunch! Love me some Hampton Hawes...

ProfessorCalculus said...