For Drum Suite, Slide Hampton set out to make an album to feature the drumming of Max Roach, but he accomplished much more: a display of why teamwork is at the essence of powerful jazz. Besides the framing of Roach's melodic and multi-dynamic drumming, the album succeeds in featuring the entire ensemble as part of a singular musical statement. Yes, Roach, George Coleman, Yusef Lateef, Freddie Hubbard and Hampton himself all turn in great solos, but more than that, each moment on this recording flows to the next seemingly effortlessly: from revolutionary sounds ("Fump starts with a ...read more
Slide Hampton Plays the Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim came out in 2002, but like many indie releases, it continues to be discovered through chance and good fortune. I stumbled upon it after a series of happy coincidences, and as a confessed Jobimaniac, I was delighted to find a fresh approach to the material I know so well.
The novelty is due to Slide Hampton's fluid, swinging arrangements and the prominence of his wonderful trombone, not a common instrument in most Jobim interpretations. Hampton, the musical director of the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and a 2005 NEA ...read more
The union of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (VJO) and Slide Hampton is a match made in jazz heaven. The VJO, a sixteen-piece musical organization—the term big band has never been an official assignation for the group—that has been performing on Monday nights at the Village Vanguard for nearly 40 years, remains one of the most vibrant and distinctive larger groups. Founded under the co-leadership of trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis, the band blended the influences of the former’s Basie background and the latter’s Kentonian experience into a unit in which both harmony and rhythm were of paramount importance. ...read more
Submitted on behalf of Jonathan Davidson Ask any lay listener to list the most influential jazz saxophonists of the 20th Century and you're likely to come up with a short list including Coltrane, Bird and a few others. But, ask an educated musician the same question and that list would expand to dozens. Now ask that listener to name the most influential jazz trombonists and you'll be lucky to get three different responses. Even the educated musician will probably not have too many additional names to offer. To be sure, both would list Slide Hampton and Bob ...read more
I wish my friend Bill Swanson were alive to hear this. Bill loved the trombone, and would have greatly admired this picturesque performance by Slide Hampton’s World of Trombones in concert at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh. This is wall-to-wall ‘bones, as Slide leads a dozen of the country’s finest through their paces and welcomes guest soloist Bill Watrous on Ray Noble’s “Cherokee,” Billy Strayhorn’s “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing” and his own “Blues for Eric.”
Hampton, who turned seventy last year, is not only a marvelous player himself but knows how to bring out ...read more
Barbra Streisand sang that “people who need people” are the luckiest people in the world. To that list should be added big–band enthusiasts in and around Stuttgart, Germany, as the SWR Big Band’s Jazz Matinees there just keep getting better and better. The latest in the ensemble’s series of live recordings, showcasing the prodigious talents of American trombonist / composer / arranger Slide Hampton, is an unalloyed pleasure from end to end with Slide and the SWR in peak form in a concert that canvasses four of his superb compositions, the standards “My Funny Valentine” and “A Nightingale Sang in ...read more
A few years ago a “new swing revival” burst onto the music scene, bolstered by newcomers like the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the Royal Crown Revue, among others. Suddenly techno clubs featured swing nights, as albums by these artists appeared at the top of the charts. Although the new swing craze has passed as we all knew it would, one positive fallout was that many older stalwarts, like Louis Prima and Louis Jordan, received posthumous exposure as a result.
Another swing artist deserving of wider exposure is Slide Hampton, who has recently been given the reissue ...read more