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Hamp & Getz

Lionel Hampton & Stan Getz
24 Jan. 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1987
  • Release Date: 24 Jan. 2005
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1987 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 51:54
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  • ASIN: B001KEL3S8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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By Bob Murray on 2 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
A very good record, and one that grows on you. Norman Granz, who was the producer responsible, recorded Getz on a number of occasions, and usually treated him as if he was a member of JATP, with a lot of uptempo stuff in which Getz went through the motions, relying on his superb technique. This disc fairly largely avoids that problem and features the two protagonists playing extremely well.
The band features Hamp and Getz in front of a very good West Coast rhythm section of Lou Levy, Leroy Vinnegar and Shelly Manne. On one version of 'Gladys' and on 'Headache' there is also an unnamed trombone. He plays pretty well, without being individual, and could be anyone, from a West Coaster who happened to be around the studio, to a member of Hamp's own band. I don't think it was Willie Ruff, who has been suggested, because he was, as far as I am aware, a french horn player, and this is definitely a trombone.
However, enough of the discographical stuff. What's the music like? Very good. Both Hamp and Getz get to play a wide variety of music from ballads through medium pace swingers to uptempo steamers. Both are absolutely at home on the fast tunes, such as 'Cherokee ' and 'Jumpin' at the Woodside', and masterful on the ballad medley. Hamp in particular shows how well he could work with a modern small group, which was something he didn't get to do all that often. Both men were among the unquestioned masters of their respective instruments, and here both show why.
The rhythm section do all that is required. Lou Levy, a long term associate of Getz, accompanies both horns sympathetically and solos well, Leroy Vinnegar is the tower of strength he always was, and Shelly Manne helps lay down a swinging rhythm and avoids the fussiness that sometimes disfigures his playing.
It's a bit of a hidden gem really. Both leaders have made records that are much better known and this would not be your first purchase for either of them, but it should be pretty high on the list.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 15 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Two giants . . . a great album 4 Dec. 2005
By Bomojaz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Both Stan Getz and Lionel Hampton were in Hollywood appearing in the movie "The Benny Goodman Story" when they took some time off to record these sides for Norman Granz's Verve label. (Hamp was even busier: later on that day [8/1/55] he would cut an album for Granz with Art Tatum and Buddy Rich, and the next day he'd bring his big band into the studios to cut yet another LP).

Both men are in fine form and work well together. CHEROKEE, taken up-tempo, has an especially fine solo by Hamp. The other scorcher on the album, JUMPIN' AT THE WOODSIDE, has a good solo by pianist Lou Levy and some uncharacteristic honking by Stan (Getz plays more of an outline of a solo on this number, hitting in spots only the major note in each chord, rather than filling it out). On the slower numbers Getz is very breathy - you can hear the air escaping from the vibrating reed.

GLADYSE is a handsome blues by Hamp (named after his wife) and we get two takes here: the issued take is taken a bit faster than the alternate, and during the exchange of choruses in the alternate Hamp loses count and hits a clam. There's an unknown trombone player added on HEADACHE (conjecture says it might be Willie Ruff), but he's very much in the background. HAMP AND GETZ is a wonderful success and is very easy to take. This is what mainstream jazz at it's finest is all about.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Cool Bop Meets Swing 10 Jan. 2004
By L. J. Allen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Riddle: What happens when a tenor sax player of the Cool Bop School meets with a vibraphone player from the Swing School for a recording session? Answer: A recording session with the crackle and pop of lightening, where each player pushes the other to new and greater improvisational heights. From start to finish Lionel Hampton & Stan Getz play everything from Hard Bop Swing to sultry ballads with neither man upstaging or outshining the other.

What becomes apparent in this session is the mutual inspiration that Hamp & Getz draw from one another. "JUMPIN' AT THE WOODSIDE" and "CHEROKEE", the longest tracks featured, present both men at their virtuosic and pyrotechnic best. This recording will also be an eye-opener for Getz fans who are primarily familiar with his Cool and Bossa Nova recordings. His session with Lionel Hampton confirmed him as one of the most diverse saxophonists to emerge in the Bop and Post-Bop eras. This CD is a most welcome reissue of an extremely important Jazz collaboration.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Another Fine Swing Session from the Verve Vaults 25 July 2000
By William Faust - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Norman Granz (Verve founder and JATP Producer) must have been like a kid in a candy store in the 1950's when he was planning which all-stars to pair in various recordings and tours. His stable included a virtual who's who of big band legends and jazz up-and-comers and this session represents exactly that kind of pairing. You have Lionel Hampton on vibes, swing band icon who also became famous with the Benny Goodman small groups and Stan Getz on tenor who, at the time of this recording wasn't all that far removed from his seat in the famous "Four Brothers" sax section of Woody Herman. Backed by the quintessential west coast rhythm section of Levy, Vinnegar and swings!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
you don't have to be a jazz expert 30 Mar. 2004
By kevnm - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is such great music. The knowledgeable reviews below (and the disc's liner notes) tell you what you need to know about these great players and how they got together. I just want to assure potential buyers that anyone who likes music will like this. If you've found some jazz too harsh for your taste, try this great disc. It's definitely real music, but it goes down oh so easy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hampton and Getz 21 Feb. 2012
By Francis W. Chamberand - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Lionel Hampton and Stan Getz together - WOW Do I have to say anything more? Seven unforgettable tunes are on this CD featuring: Stan Getz on tenor sax, Lionel Hampton on vibes, Lou Levy on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Shelly Manne on drums. Two of my personal favorites are: Jumpin' at the Woodside and Cherokee. Um, Um - truly wonderful music. I highly recommend this CD and I guarantee, yes, guarantee, you will not be dissatisfied.
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