Raise Up Off Me
A Portrait of Hampton Hawes
ISBN10: 1560253533 ISBN13: 9781560253532 Contributors: Asher, Don; Giddins, Gary (Introduction) Publisher: Perseus Book Group Published: Nov 5 2001 Pages: 184 Weight: 0.60lbs. Height: 5.25" Width: 8.25" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
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.