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Lionel Hampton Centennial

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Lionel HamptonCentennial CelebrationPablo/Telarc - Concord2009 Lionel Hampton Big BandThe European Concerts, 1953-1954Fremeaux & Associes2009 Lionel HamptonMostly BluesNimbus Records2009

Straight out of the gate, the first three tracks of Centennial Celebration show why Art Tatum is still the greatest and why the artful, entertaining and impressive Lionel Hampton enjoyed a seven-decade run as one of the world's sought after musicians. Joined by the ...

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Live in '58

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Lionel Hampton Jazz Icons: Live in '58 Naxos Jazz 2008

Lionel Hampton was one of the incomparable showmen in jazz, especially when leading an always-swinging big band. This 1958 concert, filmed by Belgium public television at the Royal Theatre Opera House, finds him in peak form.Many of the expected hits are missing, so this 58-minute performance likely represents only a small portion of the program, as Hampton regularly played two hours or more before breaking a sweat. The show starts on an unusually slow note, an intimate rendering of film ...

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Jazz Icons Series 3: Lionel Hampton Live in '58

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Lionel Hampton Jazz Icons Series 3: Lionel Hampton Live in '58 Jazz Icons 2008Jazz ambassadors are hard to come by. The first was Louis Armstrong, whose personality was so big and warm it couldn't help spilling out on everyone close to him. Then there was Dizzy Gillespie, the uber- virtuoso whose grasp of vaudeville and the ideal of the total entertainer made him the logical heir to Armstrong. But chronologically between these two men was multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader Lionel Hampton. Hampton shared with Armstrong and Gillespie a gigantic personage and talent, ...

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Lionel Hampton: There Will Never Be Another You

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Recorded in 1989 and featuring vocalist Sylvia Bennett, this studio performance captures Lionel Hampton in action with a big band, tearin' up those swingin' vibes. Hampton's 1989 band arrangements are outstanding. They pull everyone together, lifting each section up to its assigned role in support of the vibraphonist's featured spot. He carries each selection with vigor. Reeds and brass pack plenty of power, while the rhythm section swings. The use of electric bass and congas lend a contemporary charm to the band's sound, which merges well with the leader's animated performance.

Both the CD and the DVD in ...

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Lionel Hampton: There Will Never Be Another You Featuring Sylvia Bennett

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How many living female singers can say that they sang with the Lionel Hampton Big Band? Sylvia Bennett auditioned for Hampton in the early 1980s and was immediately signed as the band's singer. She then toured Florida and performed with the Hampton Orchestra at the second Reagan inaugural as well as the same event for George Bush. Hampton recorded Sentimental Journey in 1985 with Bennett as vocalist, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987. A second album, There Will Never Be Another You, was recorded two years later. It was never released and continued to languish in the ...

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Lionel Hampton: There Will Never Be Another You

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Legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton auditioned Italian-born vocalist Sylvia Bennett in the early '80s, hired her on the spot to sing with his band, and subsequently recorded two albums with her. The first, Sentimental Journey, received a Grammy Award nomination, but the second, recorded in 1989 when Hamp was a frisky eighty years old, sat neglected for reasons unknown ever since and is only now being heard for the first time. And it's high time, too.

To state the case as clearly as possible, the album is a sheer delight. Hamp plays marvelously in front of a large ensemble comprised of ...

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Lionel Hampton: Jazz Legend

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Lionel Hampton Lionel Hampton: Jazz Legend King of the Vibes Hudson Music 2006

Unlike some musical biographies, this one places the music above the commentary. Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and drummer Steve Smith share a narration that discusses the career of Lionel Hampton, and they allow plenty of room for the music to tell its side of the story. Hampton is seen here in many film clips all over the world, leading bands both small and large while soloing up front at the drum set and on the vibraphone. ...

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Lionel Hampton & The Golden Men of Jazz

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Lionel Hampton Lionel Hampton & The Golden Men of Jazz Geneon Entertainment 2005

A document of interest from Hamp's evidently very successful '93 European tour features his as-billed “Golden Men of Jazz octet. The soloist close-ups put the viewer beyond being in the front row - it's as if you were literally hovering right in front of each these eight legends! In addition to the great collective playing, each musician was allotted a Hamp-less and horn section-less feature. You see and hear trumpeter/flugelhornist Clark Terry's sweaty puffed out cheeks (and manicured fingers) via his ...

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Lionel Hampton: "Flying Home"

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In his autobiography Malcolm X described the first time he heard “Flying Home. “People kept shouting for Hamp's “Flying Home and finally he did it. I had never seen such fever heated dancing. In his autobiography, Lionel Hampton tells the story of the time at the Apollo when a guy who had smoked too much marijuana launched himself from the second balcony when the band played the song, apparently in the mistaken belief that he could “fly home. In fact, Hampton's hottest number had such a reputation for whipping crowds up into a frenzy that one time ...

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Marian McPartland and Lionel Hampton: Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Lionel Hampton

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For over twenty years, jazz pianist Marian McPartland has hosted NPR's Piano Jazz, a radio broadcast that showcases some of the most important artists in jazz history. Piano Jazz not only presents McPartland's piano playing along with the music of jazz greats like Bill Evans and Dizzy Gillespie, but it also provides a forum for her to engage in informative and delightful conversation with guest artists about their lives in the colorful world of jazz.

On Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz show with guest Lionel Hampton, the well-known vibraphonist discusses his milestones in jazz, from backing up Louis Armstrong (where the ...

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Lionel Hampton: Classics

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When Lionel Hampton was signed by Victor 1937, he was given something very special by recording director Eli Oberstein; an open invitation to record whenever and with whomever he wanted. And whenever Hampton was in New York he would gather together the best talent in the city and lay down some of the best all-star jams of any time. The results are exceptional performances by the royalty of jazz. This re-issue collection compiles some of the best and star studded tracks for our listening amazement.

The names of the participants of these sessions are a virtual who's who of swing. ...

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Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra: 1944-45 Broadcasts

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LIonel Hampton, the first musician to establish the vibraphone as a viable component of Jazz instrumentation, was (with Red Norvo) one of its acknowledged monarchs when these air–check performances were recorded in 1944–45, mostly for the benefit of U.S. servicemen at home and abroad. Hamp was a product of the Swing Era and his bands always swung, powered in this case by such capable sidemen as trumpeters Snooky Young and Cat Anderson, Texas tenor Arnett Cobb, trombonist Booty Wood, pianist Milt Buckner and the maestro himself on vibes or drums (a fire–breathing chorus or three on “Lady Be Good”). There ...

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Lionel Hampton: Live at Carnegie Hall -- 50th Anniversary Concert

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One of the most remarkable aspects of Live at Carnegie Hall, which celebrates the legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton’s 50th anniversary in music, is that the concert was held in 1978 — more than two decades ago — and Hamp, now 91, is still going strong! Yes, he has lost a step or two, and must be helped onstage, but once he’s positioned behind the vibes the years seem to melt away, chased into some nether region by his infectious enthusiasm and love for Jazz. Hamp is abetted on this reissue, which first saw the light of day on Buddah Records ...



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