DRUM SUITE - PARTS I, II, III, IV, V
A Max Roach Showcase
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.
1. Fump 5:19
2. Lover 5:03
(R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
3. Like Someone In Love 8:22
(J. Burke-J. Van Heusen)
4. Gallery Groove 4:26
5. Our Waltz 5:18
6. It's All Right With Me 3:30
7. Stella By Starlight 3:07
(V. Young-N. Washington)
8. The Drum Suite (parts I-V) 6:53
9. Well You Needn't 5:44 *
10. Sleigh Ride 3:14 **
* bonus track, not part of original LP
** bonus track, previously unreleased
Produced by Teo Macero
Recorded at Columbia Studio A, New York City in April 1962
Produced for release by Michael Cuscuna
Mastered in 24-bit by Mark Wilder, Sony Studios
On "Our Waltz," "It's All Right With Me," and the drum introduction on "Stella By Starlight": Freddie Hubbard, Hobart Dotson, trumpets; Benjamin Jacobs-El, Slide Hampton, trombones; George Coleman, tenor sax; Jay Cameron, baritone sax; Tommy Flanagan, piano; Eddie Khan, bass; Max Roach, drums.
Personnel: On "Drum Suite" (part 3), "Like Someone In Love," "Fump" and "Gallery Groove": Willie Thomas, Hobart Dotson, trumpets; Benjamin Jacobs-El, Slide Hampton, trombones; Yusef Lateef, tenor sax, flute; George Coleman, tenor sax; Jay Cameron, baritone sax; Tommy Flanagan, piano; Eddie Khan, bass; Max Roach, drums.
On "Sleigh Ride", "Stella By Starlight" and "Well, You Needn't": Richard Williams, Hobart Dotson, John Bello, trumpets; Benjamin Jacobs-El, Slide Hampton, trombones; George Coleman, tenor sax; Jay Cameron, baritone sax; Tommy Flanagan, piano; Eddie Khan, bass; Vinnie Ruggiero, drums.
On "Lover" and "Drum Suite" (parts 1,2, 4 & 5): Same date and personnel as above except Max Roach replaces Vinnie Ruggiero on drums.