Lionel Hampton: Flying Home
Lionel Hampton (vibes)
Hamp: The Legendary Decca Recordings of Lionel Hampton (GRD-2-652)
Lionel Hampton (vibes), Ernie Royal (trumpet), Marshall Royal (alto sax, clarinet), Eddie Barefield (tenor sax), Illinois Jacquet (tenor sax), Jack McVea (baritone sax), Milt Buckner (piano), Irving Ashby (guitar), Vernon Alley (bass), Lee Young (drums),
Eddie “Gogo” Hutchinson, Mannie Klein, Jack Trainor (trumpet); Fred Beckett, Sonny Craven, Harry Sloan (trombone); Ray Perry (alto sax).
Composed by Benny Goodman & Lionel Hampton. Arranged by Lionel Hampton.
Recorded: New York, May 26, 1942
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Jazz's most indefatigable showman, legendary vibist Lionel Hampton, routinely whipped "Flying Home" to such a frenzy that one such performance climaxed with his entire sax section jumping fully clothed off a cruise boat and into the Potomac River. For this exciting studio version of his clamorous closer, Hamp keeps everyone on board, energetically deploying such familiar Swing Era devices as call-&-response patterns, riffing saxes, upward-smearing trombones and ear-piercing trumpets (led by Ernie Royal). Tenorman Illinois Jacquet, though, steals the show with a roguish proto-R&B solo guaranteed to leave you as wringing wet as a late-night dunk in the Potomac.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz