"You know, you can never tell what a person has to offer you unless you're able to be open to that person and go to them and see what kind of communication you can have." ? "Slide" Hampton Virtuoso trombonist Slide Hampton is in a class all by himself. A self-taught left-hander, he plays with amazing ease and precision to achieve his uniquely melodic and soulful sound. A veteran of the Dizzy Gillespie and Woody Herman bands, Hampton has been the torchbearer for Jazz and the Be-Bop tradition. He has become one of the most respected band-leaders, composers, and arrangers in jazz. The Grammy® nominated SWR Big Band continues its critically acclaimed series of Jazz Matinees with a disc that will be the jewel in any Jazz lover?s collection. "Slide" demonstrates that he continues to reign as supreme master of his instrument and one of Be-Bop?s greatest spokesmen. This very special recording also features Hampton?s own Grammy® Award winning arrangement of Ellington?s Cottontail!