Lionel Hampton Story

Lionel Hampton Story

by Lionel Hampton

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 See more details below


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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Disc 1

  1. Buzzin' Around With the Bee
  2. Stompology
  3. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  4. Piano Stomp (Shine)
  5. Everybody Loves My Baby
  6. Ring Dem Bells
  7. Don't Be That Way
  8. I'm in the Mood for Swing
  9. Muskrat Ramble
  10. Down Home Jump
  11. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  12. Sweethearts on Parade
  13. Shufflin' at the Hollywood
  14. Denison Swing
  15. Wizzin' the Wizz
  16. Memories of You
  17. When Lights Are Low
  18. One Sweet Letter from You
  19. Hot Mallets
  20. Early Session Hop
  21. Haven't Named It Yet
  22. Central Avenue Breakdown
  23. Jack the Bellboy
  24. Pig Foot Sonata
  25. Fiddle-Dee-Dee

Disc 2

  1. Royal Family
  2. Flying Home
  3. In the Bag
  4. Loose Wig
  5. Chop, Chop
  6. Flying Home, No. 2
  7. Hamp's Boogie Woogie
  8. The Mess Is Here
  9. Million Dollar Smile
  10. Overtime
  11. Tempo's Boogie
  12. Vibe Boogie
  13. Screamin' Boogie
  14. Red Cross
  15. Hamp's Blues
  16. Evil Gal Blues
  17. Doublin' With Dublin
  18. Ribs and Hot Sauce
  19. Blow Top Blues
  20. Two Finger Boogie
  21. Someday
  22. Beulah's Boogie
  23. Playboy

Disc 3

  1. Punch and Judy
  2. Slide, Hamp, Slide
  3. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
  4. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
  5. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  6. Rockin' in Rhythm, Pts. 1 & 2
  7. Gay Notes
  8. Hamp's Salty Blues
  9. Ridin' on the L & N
  10. Limehouse Blues
  11. Ridin' on the L & N
  12. Cobb's Idea
  13. Tempo's Birthday
  14. Adam Blew His Hat
  15. The Pencil Broke
  16. Empty Glass
  17. Hamp's Walkin' Boogie
  18. Dig Those Vibes
  19. Robbins in Your Hair
  20. Double Talk
  21. 'S Wonderful
  22. Jack the Fox Boogie
  23. How High the Moon

Disc 4

  1. Stardust
  2. Hamp's Got a Duke
  3. 3 Minutes on 52nd Street
  4. Goldwyn Stomp
  5. Red Top
  6. Giddy Up
  7. Hawk's Nest
  8. Mingus Fingers
  9. Muchacho Azul (Blue Boy)
  10. Midnight Sun
  11. Cherokee
  12. Chicken Shack Boogie
  13. Benson's Boogie
  14. Hamp's Boogie Woogie, No. 2
  15. Beulah's Sister's Boogie
  16. Wee Albert
  17. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee
  18. Moonglow
  19. The Hucklebuck
  20. Lavender Coffin
  21. Rag Mop

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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
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   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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