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Lionel Hampton



The vibes player rocks the house with these exciting live performances waxed by his big band in 1954 at Chicago's Trianon ballroom. Lionel Hampton remarked in the liner notes for the initial release of this recording that the trade papers of that time were agog reporting the popularity of rhythm and blues, but that Hamp's band had been playing this type of music for years: "music that swings and has a real beat and comes out of the blues." Also heard on this program are selections from a live LP made in Vegas in 1963 with trumpeter Charlie Teagarden, including a cover of the soul-jazz classic Sermonette. (58 minutes)
 

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