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Album Review

Although Jay Hoggard normally plays in a more modern style than Lionel Hampton, Hampton was an early influence on his style and they were friends. In fact, Hoggard was called by Hampton to substitute for him on a few occasions. Swing 'Em Gates is Hoggard's tribute to the late Lionel Hampton. He performs two tribute pieces and eight songs that Hampton usually played including such trademark songs as "Memories of You," "Air Mail Special," "Stardust" and of course "Flying Home." Hoggard sometimes sounds a little like Hampton and he certainly brings back his spirit and joyful brand of swing. The great Billy Taylor sits in on piano during three songs and Willie Martinez on conga makes the quartet a quintet on three numbers. All in all, this is a fine swing/bop set that features Jay Hoggard excelling on the straight-ahead material.


Born: September 24, 1954 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Jay Hoggard has had a wide-ranging career. One of the top vibraphonists to emerge during the 1970s, Hoggard originally started on piano and saxophone before switching to vibes. By the early '70s, he was working in New England with such top avant-garde players as Anthony Davis and Leo Smith. Hoggard moved to New York in 1977, where he played with Chico Freeman and Anthony Davis. In 1978, he recorded a solo avant-garde vibes performance, but he followed it up with a more commercial date. Hoggard worked...
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Swing Em Gates, Jay Hoggard
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 09, 2007

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