Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Hampton HAWES & Charlie HADEN - As Long As There's Music 1976
Although one would not immediately associate bassist Charlie Haden with pianist Hampton Hawes, they had performed together on an occasional basis since first meeting in 1957. This Artists House LP, a set of five duets, was their last opportunity to play together because Hawes would pass away the following year. The music includes a fairly free improvisation on "Hello/ Goodbye," the duo's intepretation of the title cut, a collaboration on "This Is Called Love" and two originals from the pianist. This quiet and often lyrical set contains a great deal of thoughtful and subtle music by two masters.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
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.
Hampton Hawes- Piano;
Charlie Haden- Bass
A1. Irene 7:56
A2. Rain Forest 5:34
A3. Hello/Goodbye 8:00
B1. As Long As There`s Music 8:11
B2. This Is Called Love 9:10