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In his autobiography Malcolm X described the first time he heard "Flying Home. "People kept shouting for Hamp's "Flying Home and finally he did it. I had never seen such fever heated dancing. In his autobiography, Lionel Hampton tells the story of the time at the Apollo when a guy who had smoked too much marijuana launched himself from the second balcony when the band played the song, apparently in the mistaken belief that he could "fly home. In fact, Hampton's hottest number had such a reputation for whipping crowds up into a frenzy that one time in Connecticut police forbade him from playing it for fear that the balcony would collapse. And all this on the vibes, an instrument that is considered one of the lightweights on the bandstand, and one that continues to have a marginal presence in jazz even today.A New Vibe Hampton started out as a drummer, but came upon the vibes by chance at a Louis Armstrong date in 1930. Invented ten years earlier, the virbaharp is essentially a xylophone with metal resonators equipped with electric-powered fans that that added vibrato. In the Okeh recording studio a set sat in the corner. Armstrong asks Hampton what they were, and he replied that they were a new percussion instrument that at the time was only being used on the air for radio tones, like the three-note NBC call sign. Armstrong asked Hampton to give it a whirl on the Eubie Blake tune "Memories Of You which became the first time the vibes had been used on a jazz recording. Hampton's wife Gladys convinced him that it would be the instrument that would lead him to fame. Later on, of course, it was the instrument that Hampton pioneered in a jazz context, paving the way for Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, and others. Flying Home "Flying Home had its genesis while Hampton was in the Benny Goodman band. A gig in 1939 required them to fly from Los Angeles to Atlantic City, the first time Hampton had been on a plane. He began whistling a tune while waiting for the plane to taxi. Goodman asked him what it was, and Hampton said, "I don't know. We can call it 'Flying Home,' I guess. (Hampton later confessed that the tune was a way for him to keep his mind off of the upcoming flight.) They played it for the first time with the Goodman Quartet that night and later that year Goodman recorded the first version of the song, featuring a memorable solo from pioneering guitarist Charlie Christian. Hampton liked the song so much that it became his theme once he left Goodman. Hampton always saw his role as an entertainer first and a musician second. His uncontainable energy and fiery tunes like "Flying Home made him popular with crowds and anticipated the showmanship that would dominate popular music a few decades later.Although Hampton first recorded "Flying Home under his own name with a small group in 1940 for Victor, the best and most famous version is the big band version recorded for Decca on May 26, 1942 in a new arrangement by Hampton's pianist Milt Buckner. After a brief vibes introduction, punchy riffs from the saxophone section introduce the main theme. Soon after, Illinois Jacquet swoops in on tenor sax for the longest solo on the record. He builds on a series of variations on the main theme, before heating things up with a single note phrase while the trombones fan the flames underneath. It was a celebrated solo that was a tour de force in honking and wailing and served as the template for almost every R&B saxophonist that followed in his footsteps. It also marked the emergence of Jacquet as a new star who went on to join Cab Calloway before becoming one of the first artists signed to the Blue Note label.Like many of the high-powered riff tunes of the time, "Flying Home doesn't disappoint when it builds to a climax. Hampton plays bursts of riffs followed by trumpet blasts from Ernie Royal that increase in pitch and intensity. Finally, with a thunderous crescendo, the band riffs out.The Big Finish "Flying Home was the single that cemented Hampton's popularity as a bandleader, but the record gave little indication of what the song would become live. On stage it often lasted 20 minutes in length, and featured plenty of high-powered soloing from the bandstand, not least of all from Hampton who made an unlikely instrument swing. Due to its notoriety as a song that could whip crowds into a frenzy like Goodman had done a few years back with "Sing, Sing, Sing, other bandleaders soon incorporated the catchy tune into their program. Once the LP era hit, Hampton was able to record full-length versions of the tune that often dominated one side of a record. Hampton outlived many of his contemporaries, continuing to play "Flying Home as his signature tune up until the end of the twentieth century. Although not a creative force like Ellington or Basie, Hampton nevertheless brought his distinctive energy and enthusiasm to his work and created some of the more memorable records of the Swing Era.Sources Hampton, Lionel with James Haskins. Hamp: An Autobiography. New York: Amistad Press, 1993. Schuller, Gunther. The Swing Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. The Swing Era: 1941-1942. Jay Gold, ed. 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Flying Home



As you can see, flying Southwest provides a huge advantage. While I was preparing for my trip, Grand View Group Managing Editor Hilary Dyer was chasing pronghorns in New Mexico. She got a nice speed goat and brought back all the meat (about 35 pounds). Because she flew Southwest, she was able to pack everything needed into three bags checked for a grand total of $75.


We relate the Korean traditional architectural formative characteristic with the pilot's daily behavioral characteristic which is flight and try to construct symbolically the cultural identity of the house. The rumaru's carried surface roof of the flying on top of the courtyard and the dynamic movement of the frozen home metaphorically symbolize the airline's flight. Also, in order to offset the instability of the flight, we planned a sitting down form of heating stone system which is the Korean traditional architectural structure(the living room is touched with the ground). Like this, we tried to grant the routinized stability into the housing through considering the environmental balance between the sky and the land.


We transformed the Korean traditional architect's spatial and landscape element such as yard, garden and rumaru pavilion into contemporary housing program which applies the house main outer space and afforest the rooftop so that when you walk from the courtyard to the roof top, it makes a landscape for the sloped roof garden that allows strolling circulation. This allows the home to coexist with the nature and form a landscape hill.


I spoke with Denver-based ska/punk band Then I Fly about when they first felt at home in the music scene. Cody Smith, who founded the band in 2006 in Ohio and now is the lead singer and guitar player, said it took some time to get in the groove.


Packing wine in checked luggage can get a lot more difficult the more wine you want to bring home. Making sure each wine bottle is securely padded will take up a fair amount of room in your suitcase, leaving not a lot of room for your other items such as clothes and toiletries. Therefore, investing in a specialised wine suitcase or wine bag is the safest and most practical way of bringing larger qualities of wine home.


Hypothetically speaking, if one were moving back to the US and was shipping boxes with house stuff (but mainly clothing) via FedEx and wanted to include wine in a box, do you think it would make it home or be intercepted?


With the advent of more global movement of people, there are more patients with advanced illness who want to make significant journeys. Palliative care services are being increasingly asked by patients and families about travelling abroad or flying home for the final time to a special place or country of their birth. Travel arrangements for very sick patients are complicated and often need to be made at short notice. This can be very stressful for the patients, carers and healthcare professionals involved.


Architect Chris Lawson might have the answer, at least when it comes to residences. For every environment, CK Architectural envisions the types of futuristic homes we could live in years down the road. 041b061a72


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