Locksley "Slide" Hampton is a highly regarded "mod" jazz trombone and tuba player, arranger and composer. A combination of two original albums, this disc features a double dose of trombone wizardry. Ray Baretto, Joe Farrell, Walter Davis, and Willie Bobo provide stellar back-up on these albums, each now available for the first time on compact disc.
2 LPs on 1 CD: JAZZ WITH A TWIST (1962)/EXPLOSION! (1962).
Personnel: Slide Hampton (trombone); George Coleman, Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone); Jay Cameron, Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Willie THomas, Hobart Dotson, John Bello, Chet Ferretti, Jerry Tyree (trumpet); Benny Jacobs-El (trombone); Horace Parlan, Walter Davis (piano); Eddie Khan (bass); Vinnie Ruggiero (drums); Ray Baretto, Willie Bobo (congas).
Originally released on Atlantic (1379) & Atlantic (1396).
Personnel: Slide Hampton (trombone); Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone); Jay Cameron, Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Jerry Tyree, John Bello, Chet Ferretti, Hobart Dotson, Willie Thomas (trumpet); Benny Jacobs-El (trombone); Horace Parlan (piano); Ray Barretto, Willie Bobo (congas).
Recording information: 11/09/1961-07/26/1962.
This two-fer from Collectables features a pair of out-of-print Slide Hampton LPs: Jazz With a Twist and Explosion! The Sound of Slide Hampton, both originally issued on Atlantic in 1961 and 1962. Highlights among the 18 tracks include "Mack the Knife," "Red Top," and "Slide's Blues," which provide a perfect combination of bop and mainstream jazz. ~ Al Campbell