Hampton Hawes (with Charlie Haden): As Long As There’s Music
As Long As There’s Music
As Long As There’s Music (Artists House AH 4)
Recorded: Los Angeles, California, August 21, 1976
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
This was Hampton Hawes’ last recording as a leader, and perhaps his most beautiful. The master take of the title tune by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn (there’s also an alternate take on the CD, which is now out of print), is an object lesson in the art of the duo. The way Haden and Hawes breathe together is incredible and subtle, allowing them to stretch the time and bring out the tune’s (and their own) expressive qualities. Their history of playing together and shared musical wisdom is very much evidenced throughout this track and record.
Reviewer: Frank Kimbrough (for Desert Island Dozens)