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The Lionel Hampton Story (4CD) Box set

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  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Delko Music Ltd
  • ASIN: B000051TPB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The 92 recordings on this 4CD set tell the story of bandleader, vibraphonist, pianist, drummer and all-round showman Lionel Hampton. The story of the oldest established orchestra in jazz history and of a career that is one of the monumental achievements in jazz. The full Lionel Hampton story is related within the 44 page booklet which also includes the usual rare photographs and track details. Performers alongside Hampton include Dizzy Gillespie, Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Johnny Griffin, Wes Montgomery, Charles Mingus, Bing Crosby, Barney Kessel and Benny Bailey.

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When it comes to big bands, most jazz critics talk about Ellington as being the longest-lived. They conveniently forget the brawling, crude but hugely vibrant and influential Lionel Hampton outfit, which even today thunders on, close on 60 years later. This collection starts in 1937, five years prior to Hampton's big band, with selections from a breathlessly brilliant series of all-star small-group sessions he led for RCA Victor which should be in anyone's collection. Hampton began recording with his big band in 1942 and soon hit with "Flying Home", featuring Illinois Jacquet on a tenor sax solo which helped shape popular jazz and blues for the next decade. It also set the pattern for Hampton's own group, encouraging this natural showman to pull out all of the stops all of the time. The compilation selects sides up to December 1949, including the equally rampant 1944 "Flying Home No.2", featuring Arnett Cobb out-Jacqueting Jacquet. There are quieter moments in this set, but the whole point of Hampton is raunch and strut. Although this set doesn't benefit from the greatest of transfers from the original 78s, it is divine stuff, at a fantastic price, brilliantly packaged and annotated. --Keith Shadwick

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You have to congratulate Proper Records for a very well produced box set of one of the more important jazz musicians. Four discs, well chosen and covering a wide variety of his music from 1937 to 1949 with detailed personnels and notes concerning the music and Hamp's life : it really is how the music should be re-issued.
Hamp virtually invented the vibes as a jazz instrument, was technically superb and unremittingly swinging, and one of the greatest jazzmen there has been. The first disc shows all his virtues. It is a collection of the recording bands he led in the late thirties, playing with up to about four or five horns. Many of the all time greats from the swing era are here, all play pretty much at their best and Hamp is outshone by nobody. These are as much jazz classics as the Armstrong Hot Fives and should have a place in any collection.
After that, it becomes pretty much a matter of personal taste. The remaining three discs feature Hamp's big band, which was always a wild and raucous outfit which moved more and more into rhythm and blues as the forties wore on. It produced some classics, such as the Illinois Jacquet version of 'Flying Home' and many others, but it also produced too many (for this listener, at least) big band boogies, and later on, vocals and novelty numbers like 'Rag Mop'. There are quiet intervals interspersed, such as a lovely band version of 'Midnight Sun' and a quartet version of 'Moonglow'. And, there is always 'Stardust', with a breathtaking, long solo on vibes on a live Gene Norman concert recording.
There are lots of good solos from Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Wes Montgomery, Benny Bailey, Johnny Griffin and many other now forgotten musicians, although most of the trumpets tend to be fairly stratospheric.
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Lionel Hampton is a true master of percussion and despite decades of fierce competition none have been able to surpass his mastery. This box set is a fantastic collection of his lifes works and is a must for all Jazz fans.
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It arrived very promptly. Whether it be Benny Goodman, any other leader, or his own groups, Lionel Hampton always adds tempo. I would recommend this to any jazz lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like it peppy? Really, the speed in half these songs is pre, don't say it: punk! 14 April 2013
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I always loved lotsa horns, I mean big horns, hot horns that blasted the song. Ray Charles had about 5 to 8 or so of those songs from the start of his career from age 19 to about 22, 1949 to 1951 prior to signing to Atlantic. and Hamp has some here. Not all the songs but a few scattered on about each cd. Sweetness. And, if you like the vibraphone, well, you gotta git this baby. This is not just for jazz buffs, it's for anyone who wants to hear the roots of rock 'n roll. A bonus is that on some songs you swear that you heard something like it on some old black and white cartoons. And, oh my gosh, Proper knows how to do a a box set. No fancy box, though it's actually in one. The recording quality is excellent for the day and I don't mean it's bad, it's excellent, period. I'm virtually positive I bought a Ray Charles Proper box set (or was it someone else? I think it was Ray) cuz the liner notes are just totally informative, of the recordings over time, the singles released and then the albums. This is a treasure trove that if you tried to git hold of the vinyl releases you'd be sloggin' for years trying to do it. I'm delighted to have purchased this box set and recommend it for anyone who likes classic jazz and, particularly, if you like it fast, which is about half the songs. I don't mean it's recorded too fast, I mean the musicians have a pace that is picked up. None of that slow jazz stuff. This is peppy and lively and his picture on the cover of the set exemplifies the content of the music generally, swingin' baby. God bless you. It's about the decisions we make prior to passing away cuz after that it's too late kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hampton Overview...Small Groups and Big Band! 12 Oct. 2008
By C. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
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Proper boxes in general represent fantastic value, considering both the depth of subject material, decent re-mastered sound, and and the provision of a detailed booklet with background information as well as discographies. The Lionel Hampton set covers the mid 30's with small groups to the early 50's with his big band ensembles and showcases Hamp, not only on the vibes, but also on the piano and drums. Because of the high quality of the other soloists as well, this set is essential for every lover of swing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wel rounded selection 28 Nov. 2016
By Aaron Soderholm - Published on Amazon.com
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A well rounded selection of music from the greatest vibraphone player of all time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 28 Oct. 2016
By Nunger - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 4 Jan. 2013
By Stephen J. Britt - Published on Amazon.com
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Way better than expected....Many surpriose gems on the tracks as well as the big hits like "Flying Home" etc. Price was incredibly low.
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