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Raise Up Off Me: A Portrait of Hampton Hawes

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Hampton Hawes [1928–1977] was one of jazz's greatest pianists. Among his peers from California the self-taught Hawes was second only to Oscar Peterson. At the time of his celebration as New Star of the Year by downbeat magazine (1956), Hawes was already struggling with a heroin addiction that would lead to his arrest and imprisonment, and the interruption of a brilliant career. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy granted Hawes an Executive Pardon. In eloquent and humorous language Hampton Hawes tells of a life of suffering and redemption that reads like an improbable novel. Gary Giddins has called it "a major contribution to the literature of jazz." This book includes a complete discography and eight pages of photographs.

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  • PDF | 216 pages
  • Da Capo Press (November 6, 2001)
  • English
  • 5
  • Arts & Photography

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  • By Guest on April 21, 2016

    This was a great read. The book is written in an informal, jazz-like, free-flowing style which (according to the author) mimicked Hawes's speaking style. Hamp didn't romanticize his heroin habit; he portrayed it honestly. And ultimately, he kicked, so this isn't a rise-and-fall narrative.The story is chockfull of amusing anecdotes about his adventures in the military, the New York and L.A. music scenes, and his pursuit of the fine art of jazz.I would recommend this book to anyone who is into the golden years of American jazz, the 50s and 60s.

  • By Luiz Henrique on October 17, 2016

    Hampton Hawes is one of the most "underrated" jazz musicians of the all time!He was great and played with many legends of jazz!!!Is very important for all people who like jazz and wants to know the histor, read this book!

  • By ArtFan on August 7, 2012

    Very interesting read. Fascinating to get the inside scoop from one of bebop's legends. WRitten in an unassuming, nonchalant style.

  • By Ronal N. Harvey on August 24, 2014

    Another sad story of a man who gave in to drugs when he could have left the country and become a success in another land where he would have been appreciated.

  • By Mike Layton on February 14, 2015

    One of the best books that I've read in a long time. Its often hard for me to get into a book initially. I couldn't put his one down.

  • By R.S. Cohn on April 11, 2016

    Outstanding. A deeply felt and deeply moving personal account from a great musician and sensitive soul

  • By Ronald Phillips on December 7, 2016

    Hamp plays a mean Piano. Also, I enjoyed the read.


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