Reference: FSRCD 446_2
Bar code: 8427328604468
This CD compiles for the first time all the tracks recorded by this Lionel Hamptons All-Star group in 1956. Originally produced by Jazztone Records, most of them appeared on a 12" LP (J-1238); the rest were released on a 10" (J-1040), and on a 7" EP (J-723). You will not only hear Hampton lead this group with his extraordinary dynamism and energy as a leader, and his phenomenal improvisational capacity as an instrumentalist (vibes, piano, marimba), but also shines in his role as a jazz composer of great feeling.
Hampton is surrounded here by some established jazz masters such as tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson, bassist Oscar Pettiford, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, drummer Gus Johnson, and by two then-newcomers to the scene: pianist Oscar Dennard, and trumpeter Ray Copeland. The music is full of rhythmic and blowing excitement thanks to the talents of the jazzmen involved, and comes close to stomping in several places.
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