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|Hampton Hawes||Primary Artist, Piano|
|Angel Balestier||Digital Editing|
|Yves Dussin||Cover Art|
|Steve Livingston||Digital Editing|
Posted October 1, 2010
As co-compiler (with Roger Hunter of London, England) of the Hamp Hawes bio-discography back in 1986, and liner-note writer of Hamp Hawes' 'The Sermon' LP (now issued on CD)I have some knowledge of the recording career of the Los Angeles piano giant. The liner notes and personnel to this CD are, regretably, shot through with errors. Firstly: the title song is not Thad Jones's 'Bird Song'. The Jones' composition was a standard AABA one. Here it is actually a Hamp Hawes original 12-bar blues which is properly called, 'Bird's Song'. Secondly: Scott La Faro and Frank Butler do not (repeat not) appear anywhere on this album. Here is the correct personnel/title listing: 'Big Foot', 'I Should Care', 'Yesterdays', Just one of those things', 'Cheryl' - Hawes, piano; Red Mitchell, bass; Chuck Thompson, drs. Rec: LA Police Academy Chavez Ravine, June 28th 1955. 'Ray's Idea', 'Stella by Starlight', 'Bird's Song' - same personnel, 12th September 1955, Los Angeles. 'Blues for Jacque', 'What's New', 'I'll remember April', 'Blue 'N Boogie' - Hawes, piano, Paul Chambers, bass, Lawrence Marable or Billy Higgins, drums. Rec: LA probably late 1956 or early 1957. My colleague Roger Hunter spoke at length with Red Mitchell during the compilation of our Hawes book.. Mitchell told of the session with Hamp and Chambers. He thought perhaps Billy Higgins was there on drums but could not be certain of this. He said the session ended prematurely because in his words, 'They couldn't get it together' so Les Koenig (Contemporary's boss) brought it to a swift close. A number of authoritative voices have told Fantasy Records of their errors to the information on the sleeve. From Hunter and myself, to Luca Conti of Florence, Italy, and Noal Cohen of New Jersey. Fantasy will not concede that they have made a mistake. ....Mike Davis (co-author of Hampton Hawes: A Discography. Published by Manana Publications, Manchester, England 1986.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.