Lionel Hampton

Lionel at Malibu Beach,1961

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Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton was extremely active as a bandleader throughout a good portion of his career, with numerous live and studio recordings. This live performance, evidently taped for broadcast around 1961 in Malibu Beach, originally appeared on the obscure Parade label, and was finally reissued on the English label Jasmine. There's nothing particularly significant about the date, as Hampton plays his perennial flag-waver "Flying Home" as well several long-forgotten originals. Hampton is the primarily soloist, mostly on vibes, but also joining his pianist for some two-finger piano on the finale, "Shortness of Breath," which is actually "Hamp's Boogie Woogie" minus its typical "Hey Ba Ba Re Bop" vocals. Due to the rather unspectacular mixing (the band is relegated well into the background) and the availability of numerous better recordings by Lionel Hampton, this disc can be safely bypassed.

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