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Slide Hampton - Drum Suite (MCD-1007)Mosaic Singles
"But for all virtuosity and versatility of Hampton, Roach and Lateef, the first and lasting impression is of music not to be studied, but enjoyed. Which is why it is so gratifying to hear them together in this album." - Joe Goldberg, original liner notes
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After two high-profile years (1957-59) with Maynard Ferguson as trombonist and key arranger/composer. Slide Hampton struck off on his own as the leader of his own ingeniously conceived octet. While the octet never got off the ground commercially, it was a major creative force in New York for three years, recording for Atlantic among other labels.
In April 1962, Slide was given the opportunity to record one album for Columbia's Epic label. The result was Drum Suite, on which Slide brought in guest artists Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef, Tommy Flanagan and Max Roach. Lost in the shuffle of major label business, this album offered some of Slide's best writing, much of which was specifically written for Lateef and Roach.
We have resurrected this crown jewel in Hampton's woefully neglected octet discography and remixed it adding two additional tunes. Slide's arranging reverberates through the discogrophies of Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon and so many more, but it was when he was writing for himself that he reached his peak.
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"Well-arranged hard bop that reminds me of the Mingus albums with 7-8 players. Less soul, more brass and no Dolphy. But it's that well arranged, and Roach, Lateef and Coleman smoke."
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