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Raise Up Off Me
Hampton Hawes
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Raise Up Off Me

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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 ca
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published January 28th 1974 by Not Avail (first published 1974)
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One of the best books I've ever read about music -- and one of the best memoirs. Anyone interested in jazz or New York or black America or just simple, beautiful and balletic writing should find a copy of this. Or I'll lend you mine
Smith dobson
Oct 18, 2007 Smith dobson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in jazz
Perhaps this and Straight Life by Art Pepper are the most brutally honest and entertaining autobiographies ever written, (coincidentally both were jazz musicians that came out of the L.A. central avenue Bebop scene in the 40's). But Hawes' book is a bit more heartfelt, and his story is absolutely crammed with incredible global imagry, spanning from his L.A. roots, to Japan, to Europe,
to various prisons. The book includes a shocking presidential pardon by John F. Kennedy when Hawes was incarcerat
Tim Niland
Jazz pianist Hampton Hawes led an extraordinary life (a lot of living crammed into just 48 years! and this biography, published near the time of his death in 1977, details his adventures and mis-adventures. He was a child prodigy on the keyboard, learning from family members with little formal training. Pretty soon he was gigging on the competitive Los Angeles jazz scene on the legendary Central Avenue with the likes of saxophonist Wardell Gray and Charles Migus. Like the man he idolized, saxoph ...more
Strong, hard, sad, extremely funny. But most of all, real.
Best book i've read in a long time.
filled with great language and rhythm, this is an excellent counterpoint to art pepper's "the straight life" as it takes place during the same time frame and involves many of the same people and venues. both pepper and hawes survived nasty heroin addictions and became worthy contributors to the west coast jazz canon.
Distress Strauss
As a pianist, Hawes was always a bit too delicate for my taste, but as a junkie, jailbird memoirist, he's aces.
Thoroughly enjoyed his stories, experiences, insights! A must read for Jazz Historians.
one of the best jazz books and best biographies period i've read. swinging.
Excellent "warts and all" autobio of a major bebop pianist.
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