Jazz Legend: King of the Vibes
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He was called the "King of the Vibes", "The Vibes President", "Boss of the Backbeat" the original "Mister Excitement" and the artist who set the stage for something that was called "rock and roll". This DVD presents the music and the life of the man who virtually invented the vibraphone as a jazz instrument, in an astounding career that spanned 73 years. The first such project ever solely devoted to Hamp, the disc presents vintage film clips and rare photographs from the 1930s through the 1990s, combined with incisive commentary from contemporary mallet master Mike Mainieri; and award-winning percussionist Steve Smith. Joining Lionel Hampton throughout this singular musical journey are a number of other jazz legends, including Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, Milt Buckner, Betty Carter and dozens of other jazz stars.
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