- Audio CD (2 Nov. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 10
- Format: Box set
- Label: T2
- ASIN: B002JVHFAG
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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CD 1 : Hamp's Big Band - CD 2 : Vibraholida - CD 3 : The Stan Getz Sessions - CD 4 : Hey Ba Ba Re Bop - CD 5 : Vibe Boogie - CD 6 : Big Man In A Small Band - CD 7 : Plays Drums, Vibes, Piano - CD 8 : The Long Ones - CD 9 : Romance - CD 10 : A Date With Oscar
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The discs in this set span 1937 through 1959, and includes some important standalone albums. A great deal of the tracks in the set, though, are Hamp's collaborations with Oscar Peterson. The bias towards those recordings - most of which were in 1953 and 1954 - does not diminish the value of this set. Indeed, in many ways it enhances it. Also, there are ample examples of Hamp in big band settings, and the contents of this box set is a very good chronicle of his musical history and evolution during the period covered.
Sound quality is acceptable if you are used to listening to MP3 albums which entails some loss of fidelity. Most of these recordings were made on equipment that is crude by today's standards and the mastering on these discs minimal at best. If you are an audiophile I do not think you will be pleased. For most of us, though, I believe the sound quality will more than please.
Where possible I have tracked down the source album and linked to it. Most of the links will lead to not only detailed reviews of each of the albums, but sound samples of the tracks. I've also endeavored to find and include the dates, places and personnel associated with each disc to further help pinpoint specific performances and to ensure that fellow jazz geeks have a discography of sorts. Finally, I've included a complete track list for each disc in a comment to this review.
DISC ONE is the complete 1959 album titled Hamp's Big Band. It was recorded in NY and had a stellar line-up that was truly a big band led by Hamp on vibes. Personnel were: Cat Anderson, Arthur Hayle, Dave Gonzalez, Donald Byrd, Eddie Mullens and Eddie Williams on trumpet. The trombone section consisted of Clarence Watson, Louis Blackburn and Wade Marcus. Reeds were Robert Plater and Edward Pazant on alto, Andrew McGhee and Herman Green on tenor, and Lonnie Shaw on baritone. The rhythm section was comprised of Wade Legge on piano, William Mackel on guitar, Lawrence Burgan on bass and Charli Persip and Wilbur Hogan trading off on drums.
DISC TWO is an out-of-print 1958 album titled Golden Vibes (Columbia CL 1304) and credited to Lionel Hampton With Rhythm and Reeds. Personnel Lionel Hampton on vibes, a reed section comprised of Andrew McGhee, Robert Plater, Edward Pazant, Leon Zachary and Lonnie Shaw. The rhythm section includes Oscar Dennard on piano, bassists George Joyner and John Moxon sharfing duties, Bill Mackel on guitar and Bill Hogan on drums.
DISC THREE is comprised of the original tracks of Hamp & Getz. This album was recorded in 1955 in Los Angeles and is co-lead by Lionel Hampton on vibes and and Stan Getz on tenor sax. The rhythm section was comprised of Lou Levy on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Shelley Manne on drums.
DISCs FOUR through SIX span 1937 through 1949, most of the tracks are from his Decca period and are also available on Hamp The Legendary Decca Recordings Of Lionel Hampton, with the 1937-39 tracks on these discs from the out-of-print album titled Classics 1937/1939.
DISC SEVEN is the entire album titled Lionel Plays Drums Vibes Piano. This album was originally recorded in NY in 1957 and released in 1958. Personnel are Lionel Hampton on vibes, Bobby Platter on flute, alto and tenor sax, and clarinet. The rhythm section is Oscar Dennard on piano, Billy Mackel on guitar, Julius Brown on bass and Wilbert Hogan on drums.
DISC EIGHT through TEN were recorded in NY in September 1953 and April 1954. Believed to be part of Norman Gantz' Jazz At The Philharmonic performances, Hamp is backed by Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass and Buddy Rich on drums. Herb Ellis is on guitar on tracks that feature guitar, and Buddy DeFrance is on clarinet on tracks with a clarinet. All of these tracks, plus more, are also on Complete Quartets & Quintets.
If you want to dig deeper into this great man's life and music I highly recommend Lionel Hampton: Jazz Legend-King of the Vibes as well as his autobiography: Hamp: An Autobiography.
Please see the comment below for a complete list of tracks for each of the discs in this set.