Lionel Hampton

Lionel Hampton in Paris

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This CD reissue features a loose jam session dominated by vibraphonist Lionel Hampton. The nine selections (which include such titles as "Real Crazy," "More Crazy" and "More and More Crazy"), in addition to many long solos from Hamp, has some spirited playing by trumpeter Walter Williams (who rarely had an opportunity to stretch out like this on records), trombonists Jimmy Cleveland and Al Hayse, clarinetist Mezz Mezzrow, tenors Alix Combelle and Clifford Scott and guitarist Billy Mackell with suitable backup by pianist Claude Bolling, electric bassist Monk Montgomery and drummer Curley Hamner. The results are not innovative or essential but generally quite fun.

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