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Studio album by Hampton Hawes
Recorded January 27, 1958
Genre Jazz
Length 53:00
Label Contemporary
Producer Lester Koenig
Hampton Hawes chronology
All Night Session
The Sermon
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/4 stars[2]

Four! is a 1958 album by Hampton Hawes, originally released on the Contemporary label and reissued in 1991 by Original Jazz Classics.


AllMusic's Scott Yanow gives the album five stars and states that "Pianist Hampton Hawes' 1950s recordings for the Contemporary label are at such a high level that they could all be given five stars. This outing with bassist Red Mitchell, drummer Shelly Manne, and guitarist Barney Kessel (who is a slight wild card) is also quite successful."[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz rates the album three and a half stars and states that "Hampton was always trying to broker a style which combined the strengths of old and new, and this was one of the places where the synthesis worked and showed the joins."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Yardbird Suite" (Parker) - 6:40
  2. "There Will Never Be Another You" (Gordon, Warren) - 6:59
  3. "Bow Jest" (Mitchell) - 6:31
  4. "Sweet Sue" (Young, Harris) - 5:35
  5. "Up Blues" (Hawes) - 5:09
  6. "Like Someone in Love" (Burke, Van Heusen) - 3:21
  7. "Love Is Just Around the Corner" (Gensler, Robin) - 5:42
  8. "Thou Swell" (Hart, Rogers) - 4:54 (CD reissue bonus track)
  9. "The Awful Truth" (Hawes) - 8:09 (CD reissue bonus track)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (6th Ed.) Penguin Books. ISBN 9780140515213