Genre: Jazz
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell Four! (Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series) 180g LP

Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne & Red Mitchell

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180g Vinyl LP!
Part of the Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series!
All-Analog Mastering from the Original Tapes by Bernie Grundman!
Pressed at QRP!

Analog Planet Rated 9/11 Music, 8/11 Sonics!

TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics in the December 2022 Issue of The Absolute Sound!

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) & Red Mitchell (bass). First released in 1958 and recorded by legendary engineer Roy DuNann, this new edition features ALL-ANALOG mastering from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman. The record is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QRP and presented in a Stoughton old-style 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 also quite successful.
-Scott Yanow,, 5/5 stars
The stereo pressings weren't all that common back in the day, so finding them in any condition - much less a mint new copy - is a challenge. Even one of the 1980s Original Jazz Classics editions are going for about $75. So, for about $30, this new Acoustic Sounds reissue of Hampton Hawes' Four! is really a no-brainer bargain for any vintage jazz fan to pick up. Grab one while you can.
-Mark Smotroff, Analog Planet, Music 9/11, Sound 8/11
Pressed on 180-gram vinyl and featuring scholarly and insightful liner notes by the late dean of jazz journalism, Nat Hentoff, Four! is an absolute must for straight-ahead fans.
-Bill Milkowski, The Absolute Sound, December 2022, Music 5/5, Sonics 4.5/5


  • Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series
  • All-Analog Mastering from the Original Tapes by Bernie Grundman
  • 180g Vinyl
  • Pressed at QRP
  • Stoughton Old-Style Tip-On Jacket
  • Made in the U.S.A.


Hampton Hawes piano
Barney Kessel guitar
Shelly Manne drums
Red Mitchell bass


Side 1:

  1. Yardbird Suite
  2. There Will Never Be Another You
  3. Bow Jest

Side 2:

  1. Sweet Sue
  2. Up Blues
  3. Like Someone in Love
  4. Love Is Just Around the Corner