Spirit of the Horn (Live)

Spirit of the Horn (Live)
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  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Mcg Jazz

Entertainment Reviews:

JazzTimes - 05/03, p.128
"...Hampton's arranging skills reveal the versatility and unlimited colors of the instrument, making full use of eight tenor and four bass trombones.."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Cherokee
  • Buy for $0.992.All in Love Is Fair
  • Buy for $0.993.A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
  • Buy for $0.994.Medley I: Lament / Basin Street Blues - (for J.J. Johnson, for Louis Armstrong)
  • Buy for $0.995.April in Paris - (for Charlie Parker)
  • Buy for $0.996.Lester Leaps In - (for Lester Young)
  • Buy for $0.997.Moment's Notice - (for John Coltrane)
  • Buy for $0.998.Dolphin Dance - (for Herbie Hancock)
  • Buy for $0.999.Walkin'-N-Rhythm
  • Buy for $0.9910.Maya
  • Buy for $0.9911.Blues For Eric

Product Description:

& The World Of Trombones.
Personnel: Slide Hampton (trombone); Bill Watrous, Jay Ashby, Michael Boschen, Steve Davis, Hugh Fraser, David Gibson, Andre Hayward, Benny Powell, Issac Smith (trombone); Tim Newman, Douglas Purviance, Max Seigel, David Taylor (bass trombone); Larry Willis (piano); Marty Ashby (guitar, banjo); John Lee (bass); Victor Jones (drums).
Recorded at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 3-5, 2002. Includes liner notes by Marty Ashby.
There are only a handful of instruments -- the cello being the most often used -- that can be multiplied into a satisfying, self-contained orchestra, and Slide Hampton occasionally proves that the trombone can be added to that short list. This get-together, recorded live in Pittsburgh (with all proceeds going to the jazz program at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, an arts and learning center for minorities), marked the first time in over 20 years that Hampton had recorded with his World of Trombones ensemble (though they have gigged in the interim). Expanding his forces from nine to 13 horns, including four bass trombones and his own horn, plus a four-piece rhythm section, Hampton conjures a fine, mellow, robust set of textures, yet not without the trademark edgy dissonances that give his sound a distinctive tang (as in the almost sinister, bass-grounded "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing"). Hampton, who turned 70 a few days before this gig, still sounds pretty agile, holding his own with the formidable Bill Watrous in a swift chase down "Cherokee" lane. The centerpiece of the CD is a series of six jazz standards -- J.J. Johnson's "Lament," "Basin Street Blues," "April in Paris," "Lester Leaps In," John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice," and Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" -- grouped together under the loose tag "Tribute Suite." It's not really a unified "suite" per se; any standard could have been slipped into the lineup without disturbing the concept. So never mind the pretensions, just enjoy the ever-shifting voicings of "Lester Leaps In," the easygoing lope of "Dolphin Dance," or the way "Basin Street Blues" manages to combine Hampton's sophisticated harmonies with a 1920s-style banjo underpinning. The master also gives way to Max Seigel's strutting arrangement of Richard Carpenter's "Walkin'" (retitled "Walkin' 'N' Rhythm"), where the solos all go to the bass trombonists. And yes, guitarist (and banjoist!) Marty Ashby, as well as pianist Larry Willis and bassist John Lee, get in some profitable solo time amidst this mighty herd of 'bones. ~ Richard S. Ginell

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  • UPC: 612262101120
  • Shipping Weight: 0.20/lbs (approx)
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