- This hard-to-find ’70s Contemporary reissue boasts superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
- We have been big fans of Hawes for many years – it’s records like this that impressed the hell out of us back in the day and they only get better with age
- These sides are rich, clear, undistorted, open, spacious, and have jazz trio energy to rival the best recordings you may have heard
- This is a textbook example of Contemporary sound at its best, thanks to the engineering brilliance of Roy DuNann and producer Lester Keonig
- Problems in the vinyl are sometimes the nature of the beast with these vintage pressings – there simply is no way around them if the superior sound of vintage analog is important to you
- “The third of three Hampton Hawes trio dates with bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Chuck Thompson is on the same high level as his first two…. [Hawes] comes up with consistently creative ideas throughout this swinging bop date.”
We don’t run into Hawes’ LPs the way we used to, so it was indeed a delight to find enough copies of this album to do a shootout.
Note how correct the sound of the instruments is on both sides. This is the unquestionably the hallmark of any Contemporary recording: correct instrumental timbre.