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Hampton Hawes
For Real!


An all-time HJ favourite, the 1958 Contemporary with Harold Land, Frank Butler, Scott LaFaro. Silly CD has three extras; and some 1968 live stuff with Jimmy Woode and Kenny Clarke. LP from Jazz Workshop.

Coleman Hawkins Back in Bean's Bag
The 1962 Columbia set with Clark Terry, trumpet, Tommy Flanagan, piano, Major Holley, bass, and Dave Bailey, drums.

Sarah Vaughan Sarah Plus 2, After Hours
Simple guitar and bass accompaniments and plenty of ballads spotlight SV's marvellous voice. Mundell Lowe and George Duvivier in 1961 for Roulette; Barney Kessel and Joe Comfort a year later for Reactivation.

Roland Kirk We Free Kings, Triple Threat
1961 Mercury debut, bluesy and soulful, with a seam of Trane, a Bird cover, nods to Brownie and Bechet, a terrific version of the carol; and his 1956 King, already simultaneously playing stritch, tenor, manzello.

Nina Simone Nina Simone Sings Ellington!
The two 1961 Colpix LPs, Sings Ellington! and At Newport, plus her version of Mood Indigo.

Nina Simone Nina At The Village Gate
Sinner Man is here. Backed by a trio of guitar, bass and drums; with six bonus tracks, including all other known recordings from the same 1961 engagement, and (with orchestra) two studio counterparts.

Max Roach Quiet As It's Kept
Bundled with Plus Four the two 1960 Mercurys with Stanley and Tommy Turrentine, Julian Priester and Bob Boswell.

Harold Land The Fox
The superb 1959 LP, with Dupree Bolton and Elmo Hope paired with Take Aim, a Blue Note cut the following year.

Charles Mingus Mingus Revisited
The Mingus In Wonderland and Mingus Revisited LPs, from 1959 and 1960. With Max Roach, Eric Dolphy, Clark Terry, Ted Curson, Jimmy Knepper, Slide Hampton, Paul Bley, Yusef Lateef, Booker Ervin and co.

John Lewis Improvised Meditations And Excursions
The MJQ pianist and Oxford Street department store in mostly trio settings, mostly standards, swinging and crisp.