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Lionel Hampton: Centennial Celebration

Track List

>Makin' Whoopee
>Body And Soul
>Somebody Loves Me
>Deep Purple
>Hamp's Boogie Woogie [Live] - (live)
>Ring Dem Bells [Live] - (live)
>Flyin' Home [Live] - (live)

Album Notes

Personnel: Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Barney Kessel (guitar); Buddy Tate (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Al Grey (trombone); Hank Jones Great Jazz Trio , Art Tatum (piano); Grady Tate, Buddy Rich (drums).

Liner Note Author: Ashley Kahn.

Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (08/01/1955-06/13/1991); The Blue Note, New York, NY (08/01/1955-06/13/1991).

Photographer: Rolf Ambor.

This 2009 installment in the excellent CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION jazz series shines the spotlight on pioneering vibes player Lionel Hampton. A majority of the tracks on the collection, including an elegant rendition of "Body and Soul," are drawn from a 1950s session with pianist Art Tatum that also features drum legend Buddy Rich, guitarist Barney Kessel, and other luminaries. A last few songs on CENTENNIAL are from a much later date featuring pianist Hank Jones and bassist Milt Hinton, among others, with a 10-minute version of Hamp's signature number, "Flyin' Home," standing out as one of the compilation's best moments.


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