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This interesting set of radio broadcasts features the 1944-1945 Lionel Hampton big band at a time when it featured tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb, clarinetist Herbie Fields (whose odd playing is an acquired taste), pianist Milt Buckner, and Dinah Washington, who sings on six of the 17 selections. Hampton's band was based in swing, helped lead the way toward R&B, and was a little touched by bebop at the time. The combination often resulted in excitable performances, as one can hear on "Hamp's Boogie Woogie," "Oh Lady Be Good," "K Ration Hop," "Air Mail Special," and "Flying Home Number Two." Unfortunately, the full personnel is not given, but these performances (taken from the Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands, three Jubilee shows, and a couple conventional airchecks) have plenty of exciting moments and showcase one of the most popular big bands of the era.


Born: 20 April 1909 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Lionel Hampton was the first jazz vibraphonist and was one of the jazz giants beginning in the mid-'30s. He has achieved the difficult feat of being musically open-minded (even recording "Giant Steps") without changing his basic swing style. Hamp started out as a drummer, playing with the Chicago Defender Newsboys' Band as a youth. His original idol was Jimmy Bertrand, a '20s drummer who occasionally played xylophone. Hampton played on the West Coast with such groups as Curtis Mosby's Blue Blowers,...
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