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Slide at 75: Slide Hampton

SlideOn “Slide at 75” we celebrate a landmark birthday of trombonist, composer, and arranger Slide Hampton. Hampton, like fellow trombonists J.J. Johnson and David Baker, emerged from the Indianapolis jazz scene of the 1940s and early 1950s, playing with his prolifically talented family’s band before going on the road with Buddy Johnson, Lionel Hampton, and Maynard Ferguson. We’ll hear some of Slide’s leader dates from the late 1950s through the early 1980s, featuring his octet (which included musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, George Coleman, and Booker Little), a rarely-heard 1969 date with Joachim Kuhn on piano, a cut from the 1979 nine-trombone World of Trombones album, and Slide’s 1985 collaboration with tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan on the CrissCross label.

Music Heard On This Episode

The Barbarians (excerpt)
Slide Hampton — Jazz With a Twist (Atlantic/Collectables, 1962)
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The Barbarians (excerpt)
Slide Hampton — Jazz With a Twist (Atlantic/Collectables, 1962)

Notes: Slide Hampton composition.

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Newport
Slide Hampton — Two Sides of Slide (Strand/Fresh Sound, 1959)

Notes: Slide Newport composition.

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Sister Salvation
Slide Hampton — Sister Salvation (Atlantic, 1960)
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Exodus
Slide Hampton — Exodus (Gitanes/Philips, 1962)
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Go East, Young Man
Slide Hampton — Two Sides of Slide (Strand/Fresh Sound, 1959)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Chop Suey
Slide Hampton — Fabulous Slide Hampton Quartet (Pathe, 1969)
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Round Midnight
Slide Hampton — World of Trombones (LP) (West54, 1979)
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Solar
Slide Hampton — Roots (CrissCross, 1985)

Notes: With Cedar Walton on piano, Clifford Jordan on tenor sax, David Williams on bass, Billy Higgins on drums.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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