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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lionel - Lionel Hampton And Orchestra

Stardust (stereo)
Plays Drums, Vibes, Piano
Lionel Hampton And Orchestra
Audio Fidelity
AFLP 1849 & AFSD 5849

I agree with Billboard's assessment. The entire set is excellent, but the "smooth" tracks are standout in my opinion.

From the back cover: Lionel Hampton has lived a world dominated by music for most of his life. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1913, and later moved to Birmingham, Ala., and then Chicago, where he began his musical career. His first achievement in this area was playing the big drum in the children's band of the Chicago Defender, a newspaper. It wasn't long before he was holding forth on drums with small jazz bands in the Windy City. In 1928 he went to California, where he got some instructions in piano from Teddy Weatherford, a leading keyboard exponent. On the West Coast he played in various bands, including that of Paul Howard. He was a member of the Les Hite Band when Louis Armstrong took it over in 1930. Although Hampton made several recordings with the Armstrong organization playing both vibes and drums, it was not until 1934, when he formed his own band at Sebastian's Cotton Club, in Los Angeles, that he worked seriously on the vibes and became a real specialist on the instrument. Two years later, Benny Goodman heard him and made several disks with him. Goodman also hired Hampton for his trio, making it a quartet, along with Teddy Wilsion and Gene Krupa. Hampton remained with Goodman from 1936 to 1940, and then left to form his own big band. Since that time his orchestra has enjoyed increasing popularity as one of the outstanding jazz organizations in the country.

From Billboard - March 31, 1958: Set can appeal to both pop and jazz fans. Hampton presents an attractive variety of standards with his usual smoothness. Virtuosity is displayed to greatest effect on such fare as "Lullaby Of Birdland" "The Man I Love" and "Stardust." Sound is excellent.

Just One Of Those THings
Lazy Thoughts
The Man I Love
One Step From Heaven
Darn That Dream
Tracking Problem
Lullaby Of Birdland
Blues For Stephen
And The Angels Sing
Our Love I Here To Stay
I Know That You Know

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