Louis Hayes – At Onkel Po’s Carnegie Hall, Hamburg 1976 (Live) (2019/2021) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Louis Hayes – At Onkel Pö’s Carnegie Hall, Hamburg 1976 (Live) (2019/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:55:00 minutes | 1,4 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Jazzline

In 1976, when At Onkel Po’s Carnegie Hall was recorded, hard bop was viewed as nostalgia-based heritage music by the young lions of American jazz. But for drummer Louis Hayes, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, trumpeter Woody Shaw, pianist Ronnie Matthews, and bassist Stafford James—whose paths had crossed and recrossed in bands led by Horace Silver, Art Blakey, and Cannonball Adderley—hard bop was still the staff of life.

By turns raw and blazing, flowing and balladic, At Onkel Po’s Carnegie Hall sounds like it was made during hard bop’s pomp. Recorded live at the famously louche Hamburg club, the performance was taped for broadcast by German radio station NDR. Previously unreleased, it still hits the spot.

The two CDs have just seven tracks between them and a total playing time of approaching two hours. As those facts suggest, the album is a loosely structured blowing-session with plenty of time for extended solos. With a lesser band, that might have resulted in a “you had to be there” vibe. But with musicians of this caliber, practically every minute is a delight.


1. Louis Hayes – All the Things You Are (Live)
2. Louis Hayes – When Sunny Get’s Blue (Live)
3. Louis Hayes – Moontrane (Live)
4. Louis Hayes – Pannonica (Live)
5. Louis Hayes – Ichi-Ban (Live)
6. Louis Hayes – Moment to Moment (Live)
7. Louis Hayes – Four for Nothing (Live)