*This is a Vinyl LP*
Release Date: 2022
Label: Contemporary Records (Acoustic Sounds Series)
- Yardbird Suite
- There Will Never Be Another You
- Bow Jest
- Sweet Sue
- Up Blues
- Like Someone in Love
- Love Is Just Around the Corner
Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series
Featuring all-analog mastering by Bernie Grundman
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on jackets
Continuing Craft Recordings’ 70th Anniversary celebration of Contemporary Records!
Craft Recordings and Acoustic Sounds are proud to announce the Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds series, which begins with six album releases from the Contemporary Records catalog, celebrating 70 years of the legendary jazz label. The releases are supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, the world’s largest source for audiophile recordings.
Each title, originally engineered by Roy DuNann and/or Howard Holzer, features all-analog mastering from the original tapes by legendary engineer Bernie Grundman (himself a former employee of the label), as well as unsurpassed audiophile pressing on 180-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings, presented in a Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on jacket.
The series highlights gems from Contemporary’s extraordinary catalog and features artists who both defined and expanded the sound of West Coast jazz.
Guitarist Barney Kessel, drummer Shelly Manne, bassist Red Mitchell, and the supremely soulful Hampton Hawes, one of jazz’s most appealing yet unsung pianists, fill out the quartet scorecard of the 1958 release Four!. Although much later in his career Hawes experimented with electronic keyboards and fusion music, at heart he was a bebopper, as this session makes abundantly clear.
With material like Charlie Parker’s “Yardbird Suite,” his own “Up Blues,” and Red Mitchell’s “Bow Jest” (on which Mitchell plays his first recorded bowed solo), Hawes is at a creative peak here. Kessel, who played on the date, paid tribute to Hawes’ “inexhaustible ideas on the blues…no one else in modern jazz plays the blues better.” And nobody could tie a rhythm section together better than Shelly Manne, the fourth party in this boundingly energetic Four!