Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Concert (1984)
I own a couple of copies of this – not sure why. Lionel Hampton was a big deal to me though, when I first discovered him (again, not sure how – just a name I found and then when I heard his stuff I loved it). I think I first heard Hampton on a compilation, then I found out that he didn’t just play vibes, but piano and drums too (makes sense, of course). And he ran a great band. I used to play his stuff on CD a lot, LPs not so much. It’s sorta been tainted really. Took this girl home one night, way back – many moons ago. She said, once in my room, “play some jazz”. And so I put on something – maybe Miles Davis. She goes, “Nah, nah, older, dirtier jazz…” So I found Lionel Hampton. First thing that arrived in my head. (I was probably thinking old, rather than dirty). It’s been tainted (Hampton’s music) for me ever since. (And now for you).
Sample Track: How High The Moon
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