Lennie Niehaus, Vol.1- “The Quintets” // Lennie Niehaus (Contemporary C3518)

Talking to a friend after class the other day, she made a comment that I looked like the type to play cello in a jazz band.  That made me think about West Coast jazz and how funny her comment was in that context, which led me to a hankering for some West Coast jazz.  The [...]

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All Night Session Vol. 1 // Hampton Hawes (Contemporary C3545)

The Music Hampton Hawes, a fellow Californian, may be closely tied to West Coast jazz, but there's nothing cool or relaxed about his playing.  Especially on this series of records, his playing sounds more like a horn, spitting out line after line of percussive piano.  Only the easy swing and the presence of Jim Hall's [...]