Charlie Haden / Hampton Hawes ‎– As Long As There's Music

Artists House ‎– AH 4
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Irene
Written-By – Hampton Hawes
A2 Rain Forest
Written-By – Hampton Hawes
A3 Hello/Goodbye
Written-By – Charlie Haden, Hampton Hawes
B1 As Long As There's Music
Written-By – Sammy Cahn/Jules Styne*
B2 This Is Called Love
Written-By – Charlie Haden, Hampton Hawes

Companies, etc.



All recorded January 25, August 21,1976 at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, California except
A2, B1, B2 recorded August 21, 1976 at Vilage Recorders, Los Angeles, California.

Gatefold album including 8 page booklet.

"Printed in U.S.A." - back cover

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etching): SLX-0003-A AH4-AS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etching): SLX-0004-B AH4-BS



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February 12, 2011

I discovered this album back in 1980 or 1981 and was immediately enthralled. I had already fallen in love with Charlie Haden's bass playing with his performances with Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, and Old and New Dreams. His beautiful approach to the instrument here just cemented my musical infatuation. I had never heard Hampton Hawes' music, but found his piano voice here to be creative and unique.

Although these pieces are the height of improvisation, they never lose their melodic and rhythmic sensibility. They also never become aimless, or sound formless, even in the entirely improvised tracks, as so often happens in purely spontaneous music.

Haden and Hawes remain true to the composed pieces as well, never allowing those songs to serve as mere vehicles for their solos. Instead, they perform the music as an integrated whole, flowing seamlessly from composed melody to improvised solo and back. There is never the moment where the musicians seem to say, "OK, now we are going to take our solos and impress you with our virtuousity." They don't need to: Charlie Haden and Hampton Hawes clearly had mastered the tension between sound and soundlessness.

My only regret is that these two beautiful musical minds did not have the opportunity to record more music.