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Hamp's Big Band
Lionel Hampton
Hamp's Big Band
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
 
2008 release, one of the first stereo albums ever recorded by the Lionel Hampton Orchestra featuring bonus tracks. The outstanding album presented here showcases his breathtaking skills during the early days of Stereophoni...  more »

      
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All Artists: Lionel Hampton
Title: Hamp's Big Band
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Lonehill Jazz Spain
Release Date: 8/20/2008
Album Type: Import
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
Style: Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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2008 release, one of the first stereo albums ever recorded by the Lionel Hampton Orchestra featuring bonus tracks. The outstanding album presented here showcases his breathtaking skills during the early days of Stereophonic recordings. Titled Hamp's Big Band, the LP contains a Big Band session in which the master can be heard alternating between vibes, piano and drums. He even sings on some tracks! Although the track 'Blue Lou' was recorded during the Hamp's Big Band sessions, it didn't appear on the original LP configuration despite being mentioned in the album's original liner notes. Instead, the song was only originally issued on a Playboy magazine compilation album. It is included on this edition with the rest of the music produced that day, all of which is issued here on CD for the first time ever. As a bonus, this release contains a complete session from the Silver Vibes album, which features such important modern Jazz musicians as pianist Tommy Flanagan, trombonist Eddie Bert, and drummer Osie Johnson. Lonehill Jazz.

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Great Album, Audio-Fidelity Studio Quality!!!
Dr. Walter Oberlnder | D 50935 Koeln, Nordrhein- Westfalen Germany | 10/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is not an album of the LIVING STEREO series of RCA, it was recorded April 1959 by Audio Fidelity and later purchased by RCA.It contains studio-re- recordings of all his hits by a great Bigband of Stars like Cat Anderson, Donald Byrd, Bobby Plater, Billy Mackel or Charlie Persip. Buy this CD when you can get it! There is another RCA- Album in real stereo from 1955 titled "Flying Home with Lionel Hampton", this must be the mentioned real Living Stereo- recording. I have only a RCA- Camden LP of it, but the sound is great. It is still missing on CD. Lionel Hampton recorded another album with small groups for Audio- Fidelety which is not really rereleased, only something that has the sound of the private rerecording from a worn LP on the Fuel- Label."
HI FI swing
Nikica Gilic | 08/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Since they don't list the tracks on the edition I'm writing this (I have no doubt my comments will appear under other issues of the same album as well),
I'll write about my CD - 12 tracks; 11 of which were published by Audio Fidelity,
plus "Blue Lou" published under the Playboy label.
Basically, this is an excellent example of mature swing SLIGHTLY influenced by later developments in music, true its swinging nature, beautifully recorded, performed with gusto.
Cat Anderson's trumpet is the main side attraction as far as solos go - it's HAMP all over the place. The band is swinging and powerful, with some of the names jazz fans will recognize in various contexts - not necessarily related to Hamp or to swing for that matter:
Ed Williams, Ed Mullens, Arthur Hayle, Dave Gonzalez, Donald Byrd, C. Anderson- tp, Clarence Watson, Lou Blackburn, Wade Marcus -tb, Bobby Plater (as, fl), Ed Pazant (as), Herman Green, Andrew McGhee -ts, Lonnie Shaw - bs, Hampton - vb, p, d, vo; Wade Legge-p, Billy Mackel -g....

I just wander did Hamp really write "Kidney Stew", sung, probably by a Cornelius "Pinochio" James here - a nice blue break from predominantly swing oriented album.
Among other attractions are "Flying Home" (surprisingly elegant rendition), "Red Top", "Elaine and Duffy" (with a nice stint for Plater's flute and Mackel's electric guitar)...

I'd warmly recommend this to all the swing and mainstream jazz fans.
Hamp sings "Hey-ba-ba-re-bop" with the band and adds an extatic "e-e-e-e" or pensive "hm" now and then."