Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra

1938-1939

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Lionel Hampton's series of record dates leading all-star swing bands produced some of the more exciting music of the late '30s. Just on this CD alone, Hampton led groups with musicians drawn from the Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, Cab Calloway, and Benny Goodman big bands, among others. Among the more notable performances are Benny Carter's "I'm in the Mood for Swing," a swing version of Jelly Roll Morton's "Shoe Shiner's Drag," tenor saxophonist Chu Berry having one of his best showcases on "Sweethearts on Parade," and a romp on "Twelfth Street Rag." Through it all, Hampton (whether on vibes, two-fingered piano, drums, or singing) often steals the show.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:31
2 2:45
3 3:20
4 3:14
5 3:16
6 3:13
7 2:43
8 3:21
9 2:45
10 3:12
11 3:13
12 3:06
13 2:57
14 3:05
15 3:13
16 2:22
17 2:52
18 2:54
19 3:16
20 2:27
21 3:10
22 3:11
23 3:06
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