The Lionel Hampton Story

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Stocked with 92 choice cuts spanning more than 20 years of restless musical activity, Proper's Lionel Hampton Story is the ideal companion for housework, yard work, ambulation, celebration, feasting, carousing, and late-night, long-distance driving. Although the producers chose not to include examples from his recording debut as a singing drummer with Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders in 1929, the first disc of this set is a richly rewarding distillation of 15 late-'30s Victor sessions which represent a formidable all-star census of the most accomplished jazz instrumentalists on the scene in New York at that time. Granted full artistic freedom by a record company staffed ...
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February 13, 2001 CD Originally released: 2001. Brand new 4 CD boxed set, 92 tracks, factory sealed. Includes 44 page illustrated booklet. Ships USPS First Class with tracking ... from Oklahoma in 1 business day-6 days a week. Read more Show Less

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Stocked with 92 choice cuts spanning more than 20 years of restless musical activity, Proper's Lionel Hampton Story is the ideal companion for housework, yard work, ambulation, celebration, feasting, carousing, and late-night, long-distance driving. Although the producers chose not to include examples from his recording debut as a singing drummer with Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders in 1929, the first disc of this set is a richly rewarding distillation of 15 late-'30s Victor sessions which represent a formidable all-star census of the most accomplished jazz instrumentalists on the scene in New York at that time. Granted full artistic freedom by a record company staffed with individuals who knew potential success when they saw and heard it, Hampton regularly borrowed players from the orchestras of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. He seemed to thrive by combining and contrasting great musical minds in the cauldron of the recording studio. There was also a tendency to emerge from behind the vibraphone and attack a different instrument, as is evidenced by his duet with Clyde Hart on "Piano Stomp," and his masterful drum solo on "Jack the Bellboy," supported by most of the King Cole Trio. Some of these lineups are vertigo-inducing, like the date where Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Chu Berry, and Benny Carter square off with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Christian. While Hamp's output from this period is substantially greater than what fits onto this disc, the selections are well chosen. What's impressive and very exciting is the way each consecutive volume in this set illustrates the mingled influences of swing, bop, and boogie-woogie which fed the fires of the emerging style known as rhythm & blues. As Disc Two pulls the listener through the early '40s by following a trail of Decca records, the music starts to cook more insistently, and most of the material is based in the jump blues and boogie book. The band is bigger and brassier, with squealing trumpet licks by Cat Anderson and gutsy outbursts by saxophonists Illinois Jacquet, Earl Bostic, Al Sears, and Arnett Cobb. Another trumpeter to listen for is Joe Morris, an ambitious individual who in 1946 went directly from his position as arranger for Hamp's band to his own extended gig as leader of the house R&B band for Atlantic records. The plot thickens with the appearance of saxophonist Johnny Griffin and eight valuable sides from November, 1947 featuring bassist and composer Charles Mingus, the most remarkable being Ming's highly advanced opus "Mingus Fingers." A leap to January, 1949 dramatizes Hamp's return to fundamental, boogie-based mayhem with a series of rockers featuring double-fisted pianist Albert Ammons. On a considerably cooler note, Hamp's mellow take on the old Hudson-DeLange ballad "Moonglow" is cushioned with careful comping by 24-year-old guitarist Wes Montgomery. In addition to Hamp himself, vocalists heard on this collection include Dinah Washington, Betty Carter, Bing Crosby, Sonny Parker, Joe James, and a group billed as the Hamp-Tones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 604988991222
  • Catalog Number: 12

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Buzzin' Around With the Bee (3:09)
  2. 2 Stompology (3:01)
  3. 3 On the Sunny Side of the Street (3:16)
  4. 4 Piano Stomp (Shine) (2:57)
  5. 5 Everybody Loves My Baby (2:52)
  6. 6 Ring Dem Bells (3:23)
  7. 7 Don't Be That Way (2:35)
  8. 8 I'm in the Mood for Swing (2:49)
  9. 9 Muskrat Ramble (3:18)
  10. 10 Down Home Jump (3:17)
  11. 11 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (3:15)
  12. 12 Sweethearts on Parade (3:19)
  13. 13 Shufflin' at the Hollywood (3:06)
  14. 14 Denison Swing (3:17)
  15. 15 Wizzin' the Wizz (2:25)
  16. 16 Memories of You (3:14)
  17. 17 When Lights Are Low (2:14)
  18. 18 One Sweet Letter from You (3:20)
  19. 19 Hot Mallets (2:15)
  20. 20 Early Session Hop (2:41)
  21. 21 Haven't Named It Yet (2:57)
  22. 22 Central Avenue Breakdown (3:04)
  23. 23 Jack the Bellboy (2:51)
  24. 24 Pig Foot Sonata (3:02)
  25. 25 Fiddle-Dee-Dee (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Royal Family (3:09)
  2. 2 Flying Home (3:10)
  3. 3 In the Bag (3:23)
  4. 4 Loose Wig (3:04)
  5. 5 Chop, Chop (3:07)
  6. 6 Flying Home, No. 2 (3:07)
  7. 7 Hamp's Boogie Woogie (3:16)
  8. 8 The Mess Is Here (3:36)
  9. 9 Million Dollar Smile (3:06)
  10. 10 Overtime (2:56)
  11. 11 Tempo's Boogie (3:03)
  12. 12 Vibe Boogie (5:26)
  13. 13 Screamin' Boogie (5:47)
  14. 14 Red Cross (3:43)
  15. 15 Hamp's Blues (3:30)
  16. 16 Evil Gal Blues (3:17)
  17. 17 Doublin' With Dublin (3:07)
  18. 18 Ribs and Hot Sauce (2:29)
  19. 19 Blow Top Blues (3:19)
  20. 20 Two Finger Boogie (3:15)
  21. 21 Someday (2:43)
  22. 22 Beulah's Boogie (3:14)
  23. 23 Playboy (3:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Punch and Judy (3:17)
  2. 2 Slide, Hamp, Slide (2:46)
  3. 3 Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop (3:21)
  4. 4 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (3:12)
  5. 5 On the Sunny Side of the Street (2:44)
  6. 6 Rockin' in Rhythm, Pts. 1 & 2 (5:55)
  7. 7 Gay Notes (2:31)
  8. 8 Hamp's Salty Blues (3:10)
  9. 9 Ridin' on the L & N (2:53)
  10. 10 Limehouse Blues (2:54)
  11. 11 Ridin' on the L & N (6:02)
  12. 12 Cobb's Idea (3:11)
  13. 13 Tempo's Birthday (2:49)
  14. 14 Adam Blew His Hat (3:22)
  15. 15 The Pencil Broke (2:56)
  16. 16 Empty Glass (3:07)
  17. 17 Hamp's Walkin' Boogie (3:02)
  18. 18 Dig Those Vibes (2:21)
  19. 19 Robbins in Your Hair (2:49)
  20. 20 Double Talk (3:03)
  21. 21 'S Wonderful (3:20)
  22. 22 Jack the Fox Boogie (2:56)
  23. 23 How High the Moon (3:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Stardust (15:15)
  2. 2 Hamp's Got a Duke (2:41)
  3. 3 3 Minutes on 52nd Street (3:14)
  4. 4 Goldwyn Stomp (2:50)
  5. 5 Red Top (3:07)
  6. 6 Giddy Up (3:14)
  7. 7 Hawk's Nest (3:07)
  8. 8 Mingus Fingers (3:08)
  9. 9 Muchacho Azul (Blue Boy) (3:09)
  10. 10 Midnight Sun (3:19)
  11. 11 Cherokee (3:12)
  12. 12 Chicken Shack Boogie (3:16)
  13. 13 Benson's Boogie (3:18)
  14. 14 Hamp's Boogie Woogie, No. 2 (3:03)
  15. 15 Beulah's Sister's Boogie (3:22)
  16. 16 Wee Albert (3:07)
  17. 17 Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee (3:24)
  18. 18 Moonglow (3:18)
  19. 19 The Hucklebuck (3:08)
  20. 20 Lavender Coffin (2:47)
  21. 21 Rag Mop (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lionel Hampton Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Earl Bostic Alto Saxophone
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Christian Guitar
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Illinois Jacquet Tenor Saxophone
Harry James Trumpet
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Jonah Jones Trumpet
John Kirby Bass
Marshall Royal Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Rex Stewart Cornet
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Irving Ashby Guitar
Eddie Barefield Clarinet
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Cozy Cole Drums
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Oscar Moore Guitar
Vido Musso Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Edgar Sampson Baritone Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone
Sir Charles Thompson Piano
Teddy Bunn Guitar
Sonny Greer Drums
Jack McVea Baritone Saxophone
Vernon Alley Bass
Hayes Alvis Bass
Benny Carter Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Artie Bernstein Bass
Alvin Burroughs Drums
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Nat King Cole Piano
Sonny Craven Trombone
Douglas Daniels Timbales
Herschel Evans Tenor Saxophone
Walter Fuller Trumpet
Clyde Hart Piano
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Milt Hinton Bass
George Jenkins Drums
Jerry Jerome Tenor Saxophone
Manny Klein Trumpet
Billy Kyle Piano
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall Drums
Mezz Mezzrow Clarinet
Johnny Miller Bass
Marlowe Morris Piano
Spencer Odom Piano
George Oldham Alto Saxophone
Ray Perry Violin, Alto Saxophone
Wesley Prince Bass
Allan Reuss Guitar
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Omer Simeon Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jesse "Po" Simpkins Bass
Jess Stacy Piano
Lee Young Drums
Mack Walker Bass
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Fred Beckett Trombone
Bobby Bennett Guitar
Harry Sloan Trombone
Dave Matthews Alto Saxophone
Robert "Sax" Crowder Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Johnnie Lee Wills Composer
Milt Buckner Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer, Vibe Master
Charles Mingus Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Marshall Royal Composer
Teddy Wilson Composer
Andy Gibson Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Edgar Sampson Arranger, Composer
Benny Carter Arranger, Composer
L. Brown Composer
Sonny Burke Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Garrette Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Curley Hamner Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Ben Kynard Composer
Billy Mackel Composer
Sticks McGhee Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Joe Morris Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Allan Reuss Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Buster Harding Composer
Deacon Anderson Composer
Ford Dabney Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
John Hancock Composer
Roy Alfred Composer
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