Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Complete Lionel Hampton Victor Sessions 1937-1941

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Complete Lionel Hampton Victor Sessions 1937-1941

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The Complete Lionel Hampton Victor Sessions 1937-1941

Mosaic MD5-238

Disc 1 (69:12): Sessions of 2/8/37, 4/13/37, 4/26/37, 8/16/37, & 9/5/37.

Disc 2 (53:37): Sessions of 1/18/38 (The Sun Will Shine Tonight), 7/21/38, 10/11/38, & 4/3/39 (It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing).

Disc 3 (68:38): Sessions of 4/5/39, 6/9/39 (Big Wig in the Wigwam), 6/13/39 (Twelfth Street Rag), 9/11/39, & 10/12/39.

Disc 4 (69:48): Sessions of 10/39/39, 12/21/39, 2/26/40, 5/10/40, & 7/17/40.

Disc 5 (61:57): Sessions of 8/21/40 (Just For Laffs, Martin On Every Block), 12/19/40, 12/20/40, & 4/8/41 (Chasin' With Chase, Three Quarter Boogie).

All sessions complete, with previously unissued alternate takes noted in parentheses. Booklet photographs via Frank Driggs, Charles Peterson and the IAJRC's Duncan Schiedt.

The 6-LP RCA Victor set that first collected this material back in 1976 has long been one of my favorite compilation projects, as it introduced me to a whole world of music that I wanted to learn more about. This Mosaic set duplicates that milestone, with the addition of a few previously unissued alternates as noted in the abbreviated credits above.

Hamp was a quadruple threat, as pioneering vibraphonist, boogie-woogie styled pianist, swinging drummer, and disarming vocalist. Less than six months after his "discovery" by Benny Goodman in Los Angeles, Hampton embarked on this series of all-star small band sessions for Victor. …

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