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Lionel Hampton and His Jazz Giants '77

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By the time of this 1977 small-group recording, Lionel Hampton had been performing with pickup bands for decades, outfits that usually only lasted as long as particular tours. This studio session found the great vibraphonist reuniting with such alumni as Milt Buckner (sticking here exclusively to organ), the remarkable high-note trumpeter Cat Anderson, guitarist Billy Mackel and the two tenors of Eddie Chamblee and Paul Moen. Performing standards and two basic originals, this is an exuberant and generally extroverted outing that has yet to be reissued on CD.