Lionel Hampton & Stan Getz – Hamp and Getz

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In the 1950s, producer Norman Granz loved to team together swing and bop all-stars in jam session settings. One of his most inspired ideas was having vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and tenor-saxophonist Stan Getz interact in a quintet with pianist Lou Levy, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Shelly Manne. While Hampton was the definitive swing vibraphonist and the epitome of hot, Getz’s cool tone was highly influential, particularly on ballads. The two giants had not crossed paths much before their 1955 meeting.

What these masterful musicians most had in common, in addition to brilliant technique and very individual sounds, was a strong competitiveness that made their solos particularly exciting. When matched with equally talented musicians, they tended to be quite inspired, and that is what happened on this classic set. A four-song ballad medley, a couple originals and a version of Louise are all excellent but the highpoints are the explosive uptempo jams on Cherokee and Jumpin’ At The Woodside. Hamp and Getz really rip into those tunes, taking lengthy solos, riffing hard and challenging each other for chorus after chorus.

The results are quite memorable, making this a highly recommended set for fans of Hampton, Getz, bebop and straightahead jazz.

Tracklist

01. Cherokee
02. Louise
03. Ballad Medley
04. Jumpin’ At The Woodside
05. Gladys (Alternate)
06. Gladys (Master)
07. Headache

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