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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.
Contact & Licensing info:
“Sunny” was written by Bobby Hebb and is Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / email@example.com. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / firstname.lastname@example.org. Master controlled by Concord Music Group.