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The Lionel Hampton Quintet
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Vibraphonist Hampton as ever boasts a struck-bottle tone and watery vibrato, energy to spare, and timing few jazz musicians could equal. He used to bat around small bands like balloons, their performances caught on a stri... more »
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Vibraphonist Hampton as ever boasts a struck-bottle tone and watery vibrato, energy to spare, and timing few jazz musicians could equal. He used to bat around small bands like balloons, their performances caught on a string of quality jam-session records stretching back to the 1930s. This 1954 version, originally on two LPs, makes good with a slightly unlikely cast. Clarinet modernist Buddy DeFranco is swept back toward the piping, driving style of swing-era heroes like Hamp's old boss Benny Goodman, without sacrificing his own attractively full but not heavy tone. DeFranco gets plenty of space and soars to the occasion, reminding us what such sessions are good for. As on other studio jams for producer Norman Granz, flashy pianist Oscar Peterson and drummer Buddy Rich are admirably self-effacing, laying down a firm but pliant groove in conjunction with bassist Ray Brown. Hamp's oddball pop-tune quotes help establish an air of good humor the band sustains even on "Paper Moon," which he missed. --Kevin Whitehead
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kevnm | Costa Mesa, CA United States | 02/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is such a blast - the lead track, "flyin' home" is a ferociously swinging workout with some really empathetic jamming.
There's plenty of "pretty" vibes work here, but no mush. A very musical, very entertaining, very hip 50s jazz recording."
Colin | West Hartford, Ct. United States | 08/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This session is the definition of swing, particularly exemplified on the first track. The quintet swings long, and they swing hard, with a good song selection and all star personnel. For jazz listeners from beginners to advanced, this record is a must-have in the jazz collection. 5 stars."
Colin | 09/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first number on the CD, by itself, is worth the price. You have five all-time great jazz artists improvising for over 17 minutes on "Flying Home", a Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman composition -- I dare you to try not to smile."