by Lionel Hampton


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Here is the 12th volume in the complete chronological recordings of Lionel Hampton as reissued by the Classics label. It opens with Hamp's final five recordings for the MGM label, waxed in Los Angeles on October 17, 1951. This was a 20-piece big band using charts written by Quincy Jones, and the music it made feels much different from what's to be heard in the next leg of Lionel Hampton's odyssey, a Norman Granz-produced quartet session with Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Buddy Rich, recorded in New York on September 2, 1953. While the big band sides are exciting and fun, with a hip vocal by Sonny Parker on "Don't Flee the Scene Salty" and a singalong routine led by Hamp on "Oh Rock," the quartet swings cohesively, stretching out for six, seven or nearly eleven minutes, for the LP era had begun and Norman Granz encouraged extended improvisations. The combination of Oscar Peterson and Lionel Hampton, whether cooking together on "Air Mail Special" or savoring the changes of a ballad like "The Nearness of You" made spirits to soar and sparks to fly.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/15/2006
Label: Classics France
UPC: 3448967142925
catalogNumber: 1429

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lionel Hampton   Primary Artist,Vocals,Vibes
Benny Bailey   Trumpet
Milt Buckner   Piano
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Grey   Trombone
Quincy Jones   Trumpet
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Buddy Rich   Drums
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone
Gil Bernal   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Board   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Brown   Bass
Ben Kynard   Baritone Saxophone
Curtis Lowe   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Billy Mackel   Guitar
Ed Mullens   Trumpet
Bobby Plater   Alto Saxophone
Benny Powell   Trombone
Leo Shepherd   Trumpet
Sonny Parker   Vocals
Roy Hamlin Johnson   Bass
Ellis Bartee   Drums
Paul Lee   Trombone

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Arranger
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Composer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes

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