The Lionel Hampton Story [Box]

The Lionel Hampton Story [Box]


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. ~ arwulf arwulf, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Overland Park
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  • Label: Proper Records
  • UPC: 604988991222
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Track listings

  • Disc 1: Hot Mallets:
  • 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 Them 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: Flying Home:
  • 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. Mess Is Here, The
  • 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: Hey! Ba Ba Re Bop:
  • 1. Punch & 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. Air Mail Special, Pts. 1 & 2
  • 12. Cobb's Idea
  • 13. Tempo's Birthday
  • 14. Adam Blew His Hat
  • 15. Pencil Broke, The
  • 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: Midnight Sun:
  • 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 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. Hucklebuck, The
  • 20. Lavender Coffin
  • 21. Rag Mop
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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