Lionel Hampton

In Paris 1956

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This comparatively relaxed Lionel Hampton session (last available on this '80s LP) finds the great vibraphonist, his longtime guitarist Billy Nackel and drumer Curley Hamner in a sextet also including three fine French jazzmen (pianist Claude Bolling, bassist Paul Rovere and the Coleman Hawkins' inspired tenor of Guy Lafitte. Alternating between ballads, standards and originals, the informal and somewhat loose music swings nicely with strong solos all around.