Hampton Hawes: Broadway
Hampton Hawes (piano)
All Night Session! Vol. 1 (Contemporary 3545)
Eldridge Freeman (drums).
Composed by Billy Bird, Teddy McRae & William Henri Wood.
Recorded: Los Angeles, November 12, 1956
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
The interaction between Hampton Hawes and Jim Hall on all three volumes of the All Night Session dates is a real treat. Both play a lot of notes but never sound cluttered or unoriginal – both of their cerebral approaches to constructing horn-like, logical improvisations serve as superb bop teaching tools. The understated yet consistent bass and drums of Red Mitchell and Eldridge "Bruz" Freeman allow Hawes and Hall to take center stage, with Hawes providing an extended solo first and Hall following suit with a slightly shorter yet filled-to-the-brim statement. Recording three albums' worth of music in one long night, this literal All Night Session is a career highlight for two under-lauded harmonic masters.
Reviewer: Eric Novod