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Album Review

Lionel Hampton's small-group swing sessions of 1937-41 were consistently brilliant but unfortunately the current Bluebird CD reissue program has issued these performances in almost random fashion on three separate CDs, leaving out many strong sides and often dividing up sessions between two overlapping CDs. The second volume has a little of this and a little of that including a hot session featuring altoist Johnny Hodges, a few of tenor-saxophonist Chu Berry's best performances (particularly "Sweethearts on Parade") and the alternate take of "When Lights Are Low" but this CD is primarily for beginners; it'll drive Hampton collectors crazy.


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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