One of the best piano trio recordings of the fifties. Like many musicians of the period, Hampton Hawes' career was troubled with drug addiction and is not so well known today. On the strength of his recordings however, he deserves much more recognition. Influenced by Bud Powell and Charlie Parker, his style ranges from florid solo piano introductions to hard swinging, lightening fast single note lines. He is supported suberbly by his trio with the also under-appreciated bassist Red Mitchell playing magnificently. The material is standard fare for the period, being a selection of well chosen standards and a couple of original blues heads. This is a great opportunity though to extend your knowledge of the standard jazz repertoire. It's also interesting to hear a different slant on tunes more famously associated with other players. If you're a devotee of jazz piano and want to hear one of the forgotten masters, this record should be your starting point.