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NEW RELEASES : In Brief

July 25, 1993|LEONARD FEATHER

* * * Slide Hampton & the Jazzmasters, "Dedicated to Diz," Telarc. This is a spinoff of Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra; among the alumni are arranger-trombonist Hampton. After an overlong overture comprising bits and pieces of Dizzy's works, the program proper includes a skillful reworking of "Diddy Wah Diddy," a slightly too cliche-ridden "Bebop" and a brisk workout on "Tour de Force" featuring trumpeters Jon Faddis, Claudio Roditi and Roy Hargrove. Perhaps the absence of the master himself prevents this ensemble from scaling the heights one might have expected.

New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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