Lionel Hampton

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Throughout his long career, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton has recorded many informal small-group jams. This particular one (last available on LP) matches Hamp with the great but underrated violinist Svend Asmussen, bassist Niels Pedersen and drummer Ed Thigpen. The repertoire is not too adventurous ("Flying Home," "Midnight Sun" and four other standards) but somehow Hampton always plays this well-worn material as if he had just discovered its magic. The results are quite lively and enjoyable with the blend of vibes and violin being memorable.

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