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Flying Home

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000H7G5AA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Here are some of the best of Hampton's Decca recordings from 1942-1945. Hamp's band was the most complex in jazz history, and his innovative use of the new-fangled electric guitar (Irving Ashby), electric bass (Vernon Alley) and even an electric violin (Ray Perry) set a whole new pace for R&B groups through the world. Even Hamp's vibraphone was enhanced with speakers - and his full, round, hot sound has never been outdone.
Some very good reasons to add this album to your collection are:
- Track 7: His renowned 1942 hit Flying Home, co-written with Benny Goodman, features Illinois Jacquet and Dexter Gordon on tenor sax. It was first released on Decca Records 18394 and charted at # 3 that year. This is the one in which Louisiana-born Jacquet blew an incredible 64-bar solo. We don't know of another available digital remastering of Decca 18394 (please enlighten us if you know of another one), and the sound on this disc is excellent. We bought this Decca release just to get the Flying Home.
- Track14: The incomparable Dinah Washington singing "Blow Top Blues" in New York in 1945.
- Track 16 is Hamp himself singing "Hey! Ba Ba Re Bop" in Los Angeles in 1941 - NOT TO BE MISSED!
The album booklet has a complete Decca discography of the contents, including performers, locations and dates.
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This c.d. is a reissue of some of the tracks mca issued in the 1980's. The sound is better as the echo was removed. Nice solos and fun arrangements. It's always great to hear Hamp..
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