Released as part of the Acoustic Sounds Series celebrating 70 years of Contemporary Records, Four! highlights the timeless talents of Hampton Hawes (piano), Barney Kessel (guitar), Shelly Manne (drums), and Red Mitchell (bass).
First released in 1958 and recorded by legendary engineer Roy DuNann, this new edition of Four! features all-analog mastering from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman, is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QRP, and presented in a tip-on jacket.
"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." - Scott Yanow (Allmusic)
"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." - The Penguin Guide to Jazz (3-1/2 stars)