Lionel Hampton…drummer turned to the Vibraphone when he discovered the NBC Vibraphone behind a curtain at NBC Radio Studios used for their famous “Chimes” trademark station identification. Born in Louisville, Kentucky he was the first master of the instrument and made it a household name.
“Hamps” famous Flying Home!!
“Chicago was jazzy, man, jazzy – they had all the great jazz men”. Lionel Hampton
“Jazz went from the classics to ragtime to Dixieland to swing to bebop to cool jazz, . . . But it’s always jazz. You can put a new dress on her, a new hat, but no matter what kind of clothes you put on her, she’s the same old broad.” Lionel Hampton.
“I worked hard learning harmony and theory when I was growing up in Chicago in the 1920s.” Lionel Hampton.
I just downloaded from Amazon Dialogue. Released in 1965 this was Bobby’s first album as a leader. Earlier he had worked with Eric Dolphy on his Out To Lunch LP, and the same creativity and theme carries over on this music. This is my favorite album of his but I’m really into everything he’s done.
Andrew Hill composed (Catta, Les Noir Marchant, Ghetto Lights, and Jasper). Joe Chambers pieces were (Idle While and Dialogue).
VIBES!!! Bobby is my favorite vibes player. Out of all of his contemporaries: Cal Tjader, Lional Hampton, Milt Jackson, his playing is more in the avant garde style. I have 4 albums of his Components, Stick Up, Head On, and The Kicker. He reminds me of the multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy when it comes to his musical approach. In fact he played on Eric Dolphys classic 1964 album “Out To Lunch”. I personally didn’t like this instrument when I listened to jazz music, but I heard him on a youtube video (the above link) and I did a little more research via: Amazon, and before you know it I was down loading my first album of his (Components).
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