How To Play Like Hampton Hawes

In this thread we explore the style of Hampton Hawes.


Hampton Hawes Biography:

Download full biography: Hampton Hawes Biography.pdf (17.0 KB)

Important Discography To Start With:

Download full suggested discography: Hampton Hawes - Suggested Discography.pdf (16.7 KB)

  • Hampton Hawes Trio - Trio And Solo w/ Red Mitchell (b) & Chuck Thompson (dr) 1955
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  • Four! - Quartet w/ Barney Kessel (gt), Red Mitchell (b) & Shelly Manne (dr) 1956
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  • For Real! - Quartet w/ Harold Land (sax), Scott LaFaro (b) & Frank Butler (dr) 1958
    Spotify Link Here

What Do These Exercises Cover?

  • Exercises on this thread are built to give the students a deeper view on Hampton Hawes’ style, soloing, comping as well as an overall look into the tradition of jazz through his artistry.
  • Exercises are transcription-based, following with a closer look into certain details of his playing. This way we can combine ear-training with learning the language of jazz, as well as analyzing closely what is happening.

Transcription Exercise No. 1

Yardbird Suite - Album: Four!

This transcription exercise covers first 2 choruses of Hampton Hawes’ piano solo on ‘Yardbird Suite’, starting at ca. 0:40

Click here for the start of the solo

PAY ATTENTION, solo starts with a pickup bar!!

The Assignment:

Transcribe the missing parts of the following transcription:

Yardbird Suite Transcription Exercise.pdf (37.5 KB)

Yardbird Suite Transcription Exercise.mscz (26.5 KB)

The full transcription will be posted in few weeks with supporting material and an analysis of the solo as well as details about what we can learn from the solo, and how to practice with it.

If you have any questions about the exercise, post them in this thread.

Have fun!


Full Transcription & Selected Analysis No. 1

Yardbird Suite - Album: Four!

Here is the transcription of first 2 choruses of the piano solo:

Yardbird Suite Transcription.pdf (45.5 KB)

Yardbird Suite Transcription.mscz (32.8 KB)

And here a selected analysis:

Yardbird Suite Analysis.pdf (281.4 KB)

If you have questions, comments or ideas, please write them to the thread,