Lionel Hampton

Classics 1937/1939

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Hampton's RCA Victor dates are a varied lot with the majority of them boasting the best players of whatever big band was blowing through town when he was organizing a date. This disc, with dates from 1937 and 1939, is no exception with stars like Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Cozy Cole, Jess Stacy, Milt Hinton, John Kirby, Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry, Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, and Lawrence Brown dotting the various lineups. Ultimately, though, it's Hampton's swinging inventions and drive that fuel these tracks with stellar versions of "Don't Be That Way," "Dinah," and "Twelfth Street Rag," among the highlights. Transfers are clean; as part of Hampton's discography, file this one under indispensable.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:20
2 3:07
3 3:04
4 2:53
5 2:59
6 3:13
7 2:55
8 3:22
9 3:20
10 2:31
11 2:45
12 3:12
13 3:13
14 2:57
15 3:05
16 3:13
17 2:22
18 3:16
19 3:06
20 2:14
21 3:05
22 2:14
23 2:38
24 2:48
25 2:45
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