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Monday, December 18, 2017

Hot Mallets - Lionel Hampton

Hot Mallets
Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra
Inside photo courtesy Metronome Magazine
RCA Victor
Collectors Issue

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the jacket which is not available with the downloads.

Highly recommended Hampton collection!

From the inside cover (also see back cover scan for the complete list and recording dates): The roster of musicians who played with Hampton on these record dates reads like a who's who of jazz; trumpeters Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Jonah Jones, Dizzy Gillespie (pre-bop), Red Allen and Ziggy Elman; Lawrence Brown and J. C. Higginbotham on trombone; sax sections numbering such luminaries as Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Chu Berry; Buster Bailey and Mezz Mezzow on clarinet; and rhythm sections variously comprising Jess Stacy and Clyde Hart, piano; Allan Renuss, Charlie Christian and Al Casey, guitar; John Kirby, Milt Hinton and Artie Bernstein; bass; with Cozy Cole, Sid Catlett, Sonny Greer and Slick Jones on drums.

From Billboard - April 7, 1954: When Lionel Hampton was a member of the Benny Goodman crew back in the late 1930's he used to cut sides with members of the Goodman ork, plus other well-known sidemen who were in town at the time. The label has collected some of these sides and issued them on this new and well-packaged LP release as small band jazz. Many of Hap's fans, who only know him from his current wild-swinging crew, will be surprised at his "quiet" swing work on these disks. The sides are mighty listenable, and they feature great work by Camp as well as by names like Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Benny Carter, Jess Stacey, Charlie Christian and Johnny Hodges. A good set for collectors with fine liner notes by Bill Zeitung.

Rhythm Rhythm
I Surrender Dear
I Just Couldn't Take It, Baby
After You've Gone
Ring Dem Bells
Shufflin' At The Hollywood
Memories Of You
Hot Mallets
I'm On My Way From You
I Can't Get Started

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