Lionel Hampton - Hamp The Legendary Decca Recordings (1945-1963)


1. Flying Home
2. Hamp's Boogie Woogie
3. Million Dollar Smile
4. Red Cross
5. Hamp's Blues
6. Evil Gal Blues
7. Flying Home
8. Stardust
9. Ribs And Hot Sauce
10. Blow Top Blues
11. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
12. Rockin' In Rhythm, Parts 1 And 2
13. Limehouse Blues
14. Tempo's Birthday
15. Jack The Fox Boogie

1. How High The Moon
2. Three Minutes On 52nd Street
3. Red Top
4. Mingus Fingers
5. Midnight Sun
6. Chicken Shack Boogie
7. Central Avenue Breakdown
8. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee
9. Moonglow
10. The Hucklebuck (Vocal Version)
11. Lavender Coffin
12. Rag Mop
13. I Wish I Knew
14. There Will Never Be Another You
15. Pink Champagne
16. Memories Of You
17. Time On My Hands
18. Easy To Love
19. Twentieth Century Boogie
20. Dancing On The Ceiling
21. How High The Moon


Recorded in Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York and Las Vegas, Nevada between 1942 and 1963. Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.

Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios).

A very nice two-disc set indeed, with a wonderful cross section of Hampton's career, with the focus rightfully on the pre-1950 stage, with the final few cuts taking Hampton as far as a 1963 club date with trumpeter Charlie Teagarden. The music here is often delicate, spun from silver, and it's doubtful you'll find a better compilation of jazz vibraphone work. One fascinating highlight: Hampton's 15-minute version of "Stardust." ~ Steven McDonald

Reissue producer: Orrin Keepnews.

Personnel: Lionel Hampton (vocals, piano, vibraphone); Dinah Washington, Joe James, Little Jimmy Scott, Sonny Parker (vocals); Eric Miller , Irving Ashby, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, Billy Mackel (guitar); Ray Perry (violin, alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute, alto saxophone); Herbie Fields (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Marshall Royal (clarinet, alto saxophone); Jack Kelson, Jr. (clarinet); Earl Bostic, Gus Evans, Johnny Board, Willie Smith, Ben Kynard, George Dorsey, Bobby Plater (alto saxophone); John Sparrow, Corky Corcoran, Gene Morris, Eddie Barefield, Curtis Lowe, Jay Peters, Gil Bernal, Illinois Jacquet, Fred Simon , Johnny Griffin, Al Sears, Arnett Cobb, Bill Williams , Morris Lane (tenor saxophone); Lonnie Shaw, Jack McVea, Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Manny Klein, Dizzy Gillespie, Ernie Royal, Roy McCoy, Jack Trainor, Ed Mullens, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garrette, Walter Williams , Lammar Wright, Jr., David Page , Joe Morris , Joe Wilder, Kenny Dorham, Al Killian, Snooky Young, Teddy Buckner, Benny Bailey, Wendell Culley, Jimmy Nottingham, Cat Anderson, Charlie Shavers, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); John Morris, Paul Lee , Al Hayes , Harry Sloan, Fred Beckett, Andrew Penn, Jimmy Wormick, James Robinson , Sonny Craven, Chips Outcalt, Abdul Hamid, Jake "Vernon" Porter, Allen Durham, Lester Bass, Jimmy Cleveland, Al Grey, Benny Powell, Booty Wood (trombone); Dan Burley, Doug Duke, John Mehegan, Leonard Feather, Albert Ammons, Milt Buckner, Tommy Todd (piano); Buddy Cole (organ); Curley Hamner, Fats Heard, Fred Radcliffe, Ellis Bartee, George Jones, Earl Fox Walker, George Jenkins, Tom Montgomery, Lee Young (drums).

Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.

Recording information: Carnegie Hall, NY (05/26/1942-03/20/1963); Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA (05/26/1942-03/20/1963); Los Angeles, CA (05/26/1942-03/20/1963); New York, NY (05/26/1942-03/20/1963); Silver Slipper Club, Las Vegas, NV (05/26/1942-03/20/1963).

Arrangers: Eddie Sauter; Frank Davenport; Lionel Hampton; Milt Buckner; Sonny Burke ; Ben Kynard.

Personnel includes: Lionel Hampton (vocals, vibraphone, piano, drums); Dinah Washington, Sonny Parker, Joe James, Betty Carter (vocals); Herbie Fields (soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet); Jerome Richardson (alto saxophone, flute); Marshall Royal (alto saxophone, clarinet); Earl Bostic (alto saxophone); Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Corky Corcoran, Johnny Griffin (tenor saxophone); Charles Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal, Benny Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Benny Powell, Al Grey (trombone); Doug Duke (piano, organ); Milt Buckner, Leonard Feather, Albert Ammons (piano); Billy Mackel, Wes Montgomery (guitar); Charles Harris, Charles Mingus, Roy Johnson (bass); Fats Heard, Earl Walker (drums).

Producers include: Milt Gabler.

Q (7/96, p.138) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...his was one of the few big bands to survive the era's economic upheavals--even playing a part in America's rock'n'roll revolution with its bouncy, backbeat repetoire....more than enough swing and mayhem here to make it an attractive package..."
JazzTimes (9/96, p.98) - "...there are many good things to be found here. Hampton, whether on vibes or malleting the piano with his fingers, is consistently rewarding..."