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Hampton Hawes – Sunny

(click song title above to listen)

A giant of the West Coast sound, Los Angeles native Hampton Hawes takes on Bobby Hebb‘s “Sunny” on the last recording he ever made, Hampton Hawes At The Piano (1976). Hawes teamed up with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne on this one and reunited with producer Lester Koenig of famed Contemporary Records where Hawes had recorded most of his classic gems of the 50s. A brilliant & soulful jazz album featuring two originals and along with “Sunny”, covers of “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “Blue And Green”.

Influenced by Charlie Parker, Nat King Cole, and the boogie-woogie piano of Earl Hines, Hawes is recognized as one of the finest and most influential bebop and hard-bop jazz pianists of the 1950s. His three-record Trio sessions on Contemporary Records were considered some of the finest to come out of the West Coast at the time. His autobiography Raise Up Off Me published in 1974, shed light on his heroin addition, the bebop movement and his friendships with some of the leading musicians in jazz. It’s one of our favorite autobiographies and was the first book about the bebop era written by a musician. It won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for music writing in 1975.

We lost Hampton way too soon when he died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage in 1977 at the age of 48.

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Contact & Licensing info:

“Sunny” was written by Bobby Hebb and is Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / Master controlled by Concord Music Group.

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Blossom Dearie – Too Good to Talk About

Before Blossom Dearie moved to London in the early 1960′s appearing regularly at Ronnie Scott’s and on Dudley Moore’s popular television show, she could be found playing piano and turning heads in the jazz clubs of New York City.

Rooted in jazz and popular song, Dearie’s signature chic and sleek vocal style won her praise among critics and fellow musicians alike as one of the greatest interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Around the time of this album, Miles Davis was such a fan that he would personally invite her and her combo to perform between his legendary sets at the Village Vanguard.

This week’s Top Tune (click the song title above to play) was written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh and comes from her sixth album for Norman Granz’s Verve Records, My Gentleman Friend. A champion of witty & rarified material, Blossom masterfully tackles a couple of Gershwin tunes on this album and an additional Coleman & Leigh classic, “You Fascinate Me So”.

Recorded in 1959, Too Good to Talk About swings finely and features a great solo by Kenny Burrell on guitar and some sweet brushwork by Ed Thigpen on drums. Dearie plays piano and the impeccable diction she had become renowned for is on display.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman)
Contact: Damon Booth –
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw –
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Universal Music Group /

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