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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke

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SLIDE HAMPTON
EXODUS
Jazz in Paris GITANES 013 033-2
  1. Exodus
  2. Star Eyes
  3. Confirmation
  4. A Moment's Notice
  5. I'll take Romance
  6. I Remember Clifford
  7. Straight No Chaser

Slide Hampton, Benjamin Jacobs-El. - Trombone
Richard Williams, Nat Pavone - Trumpet
George Coleman - Tenor
Jay Cameron - Baritone
Butch Warren - Bass
Vinnie Ruggiero - Drums
Recorded November 1962

As well as being an excellent Trombone player with a big range and a huge sound, Slide Hampton is a brilliant arranger, whether it is for Big band or Small Group. Anyone in any doubt about his Trombone credentials should have a listen to Confirmation. Never the easy choice of instrument for the player of Be-Bop, Slide sails through and there is some excellent Tenor playing from George Coleman. George was not well known at that time but has since become one of the most talented tenor players on the jazz scene. Jay Cameron only has one solo on Baritone, but here again we hear a talented improviser who I would like to hear more of. Slide's arrangements were obviously written with these sidemen in mind, everything seems to fit. The arrangements are very challenging and often the band sounds like a larger combination than an Octet. Around this time piano less bands were fashionable, but I feel this session would have benefited from having some 'comping', the musicians didn't need it, but it can help the listener! The programme is interesting with tunes from Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk and Benny Golson as well as some excellent standards. It must have sounded very modern in 1962 and it remains very enjoyable today. GITANES have done a service to jazz followers by making it available again. There is no indication of which of the Trumpet players is featured on I Remember Clifford, which has a quirky 'Whistle While You Work' intro. but it is very well played. Straight, No Chaser is a blues of the kind only Thelonius Monk could think of, although Monk died in 1982 his compositions will probably be around for as long as jazz as we know it is played.

Don Mather

Don Mather is a saxophone player and Bandleader in Coventry



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