The Sermon

Hampton Hawes

The Sermon
  • CAT # OJCCD-1067-25

    1. Down By The Riverside 4:43
    2. Just A Closer Walk With Thee 5:01
    3. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 4:53
    4. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen 4:53
    5. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder 4:31
    6. Go Down Moses 4:34
    7. Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho 3:54
    8. Blues N/C 8:47

There is irony in the history of The Sermon, one of the most directly affecting of Hampton Hawes's 14 albums for Contemporary. He recorded it a few days before he was sentenced to federal prison on a technically correct but unjust narcotics conviction. Hawes served five years of his ten-year sentence, then was pardoned by President Kennedy, but The Sermon spent 29 years in solitary confinement in Contemporary's tape vaults. It was released as a long- playing record ten years after Hawes's death and quickly went out of print. Now on CD at last, it finds the preacher's son at a time when he must have felt that nobody knew the trouble he'd seen. Still, his playing reflected the hope inherent in the spirituals that make up the collection. The album is capped by one of Hawes's typically sunny blues. Throughout, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Stan Levey accompany him with enthusiasm and impeccable taste.

with Leroy Vinnegar, Stan Levey

Find out more about Hampton Hawes

RECENT RELATED RELEASE

Sorry, but no detailed description of this release is currently available. Please click more info for this product’s tracklisting, and other information on this title currently online.

MORE RELEASES FROM HAMPTON HAWES

A 1947 encounter with Charlie Parker may have been the defining moment in Hampton Hawes's musical development, but the spirituals he heard while… More
This album, made less than a year before Hampton Hawes's death, is the final chapter in one of the great artist/producer partnerships of the… More
with Denny Diaz, Leroy Vinnegar, Al Williams Recorded June 10, 1976. More
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
The funkiest jazz pianist based on the West Coast, Hampton Hawes (1928-1977) made four LPs for Prestige in the early 1970s, at about the same time… More
This 1964 recording was Hampton Hawes’s first in more than five years. It radiates the sense of freedom the pianist felt after John F… More
with Harold Land, Scott LaFaro, Frank Butler Recorded March 17, 1958. More
Though much later in his career Hampton Hawes experimented with electronic keyboards and fusion music, at heart he was a bebopper, as this session… More
With its unforgettable hip-alligator cover, Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes was not only one of the late pianist's most popular trio albums… More
Hampton Hawes (1928-1977) was one of the most gifted and natural of jazz musicians, an artist who played mostly by ear and who was a superbly… More
The second in the excellent series of recordings Hampton Hawes did in a trio setting for Contemporary, it again included Red Mitchell and Chuck… More
One of the forces in West Coast jazz circles, even from his neophyte days of the late Forties, was Hampton Hawes. When he played with the… More