Barney Kessel & Hampton Hawes Quartet / Quintet
Barney Kessel (g), Hampton Hawes (p), Victor Feldman (vib), Red Mitchell, Leroy Vinnegar (b), Shelly Manne (d)
This release presents all of Barney Kessel and Hampton Hawes recorded small groups collaborations without horns. This includes the classic quartet album "Four!" in its entirety (plus two extra tracks not included on the original LP), and a complete quintet session adding Victor Feldman on vibes.
Hawes' career broke down shortly afterwards when sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison hospital, though he was famously pardoned five years later by President J.F. Kennedy.
01. YARDBIRD SUITE (6:43)
02. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU (7:03)
03. BOW JEST (6:33)
04. SWEET SUE (5:39)
05. UP BLUES (5:13)
06. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (3:24)
07. LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER (5:45)
08. THOU SWELL (4:56)
09. THE AWFUL TRUTH (8:09)
10. LETS COOK (11:21)
11. TIME REMEMBERED (4:21)
12. JUST IN TIME (4:59)
Total time: 74:12 min.
Tracks #1-7 from the Hapton Hawes' album "Four!" (Contemporary S7553).
Tracks #8-9 from the same session.
Tracks #10-12 taken from the Barney Kessel album "Let's Cook!" (Contemporary M7603).
Personnel on #1-9: Hampton Hawes (p), Barney Kessel (g), Red Mitchell (b) and Shelly Manne (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, on January 27, 1958.
Personnel on #10-12: Hampton Hawes (p), Barney Kessel (g), Victor Feldman (vib), Leroy Vinnegar (b) and Shelly Manne (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, on November 11, 1957.
"Pianist Hampton Hawes' 1950s recordings for the Contemporary label are at such a high level that they could all be given five stars. This outing with bassist Red Mitchell, drummer Shelly Manne, and guitarist Barney Kessel (who is a slight wild card) is also quite successful. Two previously unreleased numbers ("Thou Swell" and "The Awful Truth") have been added to the CD reissue. Highlights of the exciting bop date include "Yardbird Suite," "There Will Never Be Another You," and "Love Is Just Around the Corner."
"This is an excellent session from guitarist Barney Kessel. Kessel is matched with vibraphonist Victor Feldman, pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Shelly Manne for a blues-with-a-bridge (the 11-minute "Let's Cook"), Vernon Duke's ballad "Time Remembered," and "Just in Time."
Both by Scott Yanow -All Music Guide