Lionel Hampton & The Golden Men Of Jazz – Live At The Blue Note (1991)
Telarc Jazz Digital Recording | 1991 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers(400Dpi) | 335Mb+10Mb
From Al Grey's rumbunctious trombone to Hamp's hot mallets and sensitive ballad playing, from Terry's ebulent blowing (he was still at or near his prime) to "Sweets" Edison's slightly damaged musical economy of expression…
With great rhythm section (featuring good old Milt Hinton on bas, Hank Jones on piano and "the baby of the band" Grady Tate on drums), with more than solid sax work from Buddy Tate and more modern soloist James Moody (he was still in his prime), this CD couldn't have gone wrong.
Granted, some of the stars have seen better days, but this CD gives me such great listening pleasure !!! Playing swing and be-bop repertoire (inluding Moody's hillarious vocal take on interpretation of his own solo - "Moody’s Mood for Love" - complete with yodeling at the end), these golden men create the feeling of a genuine jazz festival, with plenty of great and spontanious interplay - check out the last and so often played Hamp's "Boogie Woogie", but also "Flyin' Home" and "Lover"… Very, very enjoyable !!!