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Hampton Hawes – Sunny

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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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Ella Fitzgerald – I’ve Got Your Number

We’re a little shocked that it took us this long to feature a tune from the catalog sung by the First Lady of Song, but better late than never as they say.

We continue this week with another gem from the great West Coast arranger Marty Paich and his work with arguably the greatest singer the U.S. has ever produced, Ella Fitzgerald.

A stunning album,Whisper Not, was recorded on July 20, 1966 at United Western Recorders in Hollywood with the great Shelly Manne on drums. It would become Ella’s last studio album for Verve Records and Marty Paich (arranger for Sinatra, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond) delivered a dozen beautifully arranged standards including Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh‘s “I’ve Got Your Number”.

Originally written for the Broadway musical, Little Me, the song has also been recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, and Jill Sobule.

Notoriously shy, it’s been said that Ella usually kept to herself between gigs and rehearsals. Fitzgerald later explained, “I don’t want to say the wrong thing, which I always do, but I think I do better when I sing”. Yes Ella, you do just fine!

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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. Contact: Doug James /

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