I'm All Smiles

Hampton Hawes

Im All Smiles
  • CAT # OJCCD-796-2

    1. I'm All Smiles 7:25
    2. Manha De Carnaval 2:16
    3. Spring Is Here 4:07
    4. The Shadow Of Your Smile 4:50
    5. Searchin' 10:22

This was the last recording together of Hampton Hawes and Red Mitchell, whose bass had been an extension of the pianist's musical thinking for more than a decade. As in its companion volume, The Seance (OJCCD-455-2), I'm All Smiles demonstrates how the empathy between the two deepened into a remarkable instance of two minds and hearts functioning as one. Drummer Donald Bailey fit into Hawes's and Mitchell's relationship as a full partner. Toward the end of his life, Hawes got lost in a thicket of electronic instruments, but his enduring musical worth is exemplified by the playing heard here.

with Red Mitchell, Donald Bailey

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