Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Teddy Charles - A Salute to Hamp

All vibraphonists owe a debt of gratitude to Lionel Hampton for paving the way in traditional and modern jazz, pioneering the instrument as more than in an accompanist role or being heard only in lounges. In his heyday, Teddy Charles was a prime example of taking Hampton's approach to a different level, eventually in hard and post-bop, but here he takes swing era tunes of Hamp's, changing up or editing their melodic structures with a quartet featuring pianist Hank Jones, and a larger ensemble with horn complement. This album as reissued on CD is known as Salute to Hamp and subtitled The Vibraphone Players of Bethlehem, Vol. 1 as issued originally on the Bethlehem label, reissued by Avenue Jazz. It showcases Charles, not so much in an evolutionary fashion, but as a complete performer and bandleader. He is a singularly unique jazzman who anyone can appreciate, and is quite able to hold interest of listeners beyond conventional wisdom of what well-worn standards can sound like with just a little inspiration and soul. Typical tunes like "Air Mail Special" and "Flying Home" from Hampton's book are given a minor twist or modified turn with the hot horns of trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims, and trumpeter Art Farmer included. The flugelhornist leads out on a heartfelt rendition of "Stardust" wit the other horns laying back in keen observance. A slimmed down duet between Charles and bassist Addison Farmer on the ballad "He's Gone Again" shows the ultimate restraint, while the classy four-piece combo fronted by Jones and Charles swing easily during "On the Sunny Side of the Street" as if it is second nature. A playful fourteenth run through of "Stompin' at the Savoy" is included as well as the main take, the former more true to the original melody line with the other straying off the path nicely. Charles wrote "Blue Hamp" as a 12-bar, vibes led, truly cool and nonchalant jam. There are also two versions of "Jack the Bellboy," also credited in other issues of this album as "Jake the Bellboy." Either way it's a furious bopper for the trio of vibes, bass, and drums, with Jones in late, and the alternate third take with a different approach to the bridge. Charles would leave the music business shortly after this date, to return briefly nearly three decades later. For jazz fans who may have missed a chance to hear a truly great musician in his prime, buy this recording and do some catching up.
Michael G. Nastos

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Teddy Charles
A Salute to Hamp


1 Air Mail Special (Christian, Goodman, Mundy)  5:12
2 Midnight Sun (Burke, Hampton, Mercer)  2:43
3 On the Sunny Side of the Street (Fields, McHugh)  2:26
4 He's Gone Again (Hampton)  2:21
5 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb)  3:21
6 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton, Robin)  3:17
7 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  3:45
8 Blue Hamp (Charles)  4:03
9 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)  2:55
10 On the Sunny Side of the Street [alt. take] (Fields, McHugh)  2:47
11 Stompin' at the Savoy [alt. take 14] (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb)  3:17
12 Moonglow [alt. take 4] (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)  2:44
13 Blue Hamp [alt. take 5] (Charles)  4:15
14 Jack the Bellboy [unreleased take 2] (Hampton)  2:56
15 Jack the Bellboy [unreleased take 3] (Hampton)  3:06


[#1-2, 6-7]
Teddy Charles- vb
Art Farmer - tp
Bob Brookmeyer - tb & p
Zoot Sims - ts
Addison Farmer - b
Ed Thigpen - dr
Recorded in New York City ; late 1958 
Teddy Charles - vb
Addison Farmer - b
Ed Thigpen - dr
Recorded in New York City ; late 1958 
[#3, 5 & 8-9]
Teddy Charles - vb
Hank Jones - p
Addison Farmer - b
Charlie Smith - dr
Recorded in New York City ; late 1958
There are two kinds of tribute recordings : those that simply try to simulate the original and those that seek their own approach to a celebrated artist's material. All the interesting ones, of course, are in the second category, and that's where vibraphonist-arranger Teddy Charles's tribute to Lionel Hampton belongs. Hampton's bands were hard-riffing explosions of energy with ballads often reserved as features for vocalists. No one ever accused them of refined good taste. Charles takes a subtler approach to Hampton's best-known repertoire with a group of musicians largely distinguished by restraint and harmonic invention, including Art Farmer on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, and Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone. Only Zoot Sims, a compulsively swinging tenor saxophonist in a Lester Young vein, really fits the original mold. The result is an engagingly cool take on some strong repertoire with Charles's own vibraphone, more liquid-sounding than Hampton's percussive approach, standing out.
Stuart Broomer

"In February 1959 I recorded "Salute to Hamp". The album was my attempt to give listeners an album that as more accessible after I'd done all those far out records. I figured this material would be music anyone could relate to. Art Farmer, Bob Brookmeyer, Zoot Sims, Addison Farmer and Ed Thigpen were on that date."
Teddy Charles

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Anonymous said...

Not one of Charles' major works like 'New Directions' or 'The Teddy Charles Tentet' but still worthy in a more "commercial" context.

Philo said...


I like it.

Melanchthon said...


dantzig65 said...

Good enough for me.... Thanks Mel.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias,

Brush&Stick said...

Thanks very much for this all-star date!

adakun said...

Gracias Mel.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

Alberto Varela said...

Gracias Mel

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

rubberduck said...

Great ! Many thanks

José Guzmán Castilla said...

Cheers, Mel! Greeting from Colombia.
It seems that the files have been removed; can you please upload them again?
Thanks in advance.