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.