Hamptons talent didnt diminish with the passing of the years. The outstanding album presented here showcases his breathtaking skills during the early days of Stereophonic recordings. Titled "Hamps Big Band", the LP contains a big band session in which the master can be heard alternating between vibes, piano and drums.
He even sings on some tracks, although the track 'Blue Lou' (listed incorrectly on the original back cover as Blue You) was recorded during the "Hamps Big Band" sessions, it didnt appear on the original LP configuration despite being mentioned in the albums original liner notes.
It is included on this edition with the rest of the music produced that day, all of which is issued here on CD for the first time ever.
As a bonus, this release contains a complete 1960 session taken from the Columbia "Silver Vibes" album, which features such important modern jazz musicians as pianist Tommy Flanagan, trombonist Eddie Bert, and drummer Osie Johnson.
01. Flying Home (4:55)
02. Hey, Baba Re Bob (6:02)
03. Hamps Boogie Woogie (4:16)
04. Kidney Stew (2:30)
05. Hamps Mambo (3:19)
06. Airmail Special (3:08)
07. Big Brass (3:24)
08. Red Top (3:41)
09. Night Train (3:05)
10. Elain & Daffy (3:39)
11. Cutters Corner (3:11)
12. Le Chat Noir (3:36)
13. Blue Lou (4:02)
14. For Better Or Worse (3:28) (*) Bonus Track
15. Whats New? (4:34) (*) Bonus Track
16. Walkin My Baby Back Home (2:18) (*) Bonus Track
17. Till You Return (3:19) (*) Bonus Track
18. Beulahs Boogie (4:04) (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 66:38 min.
Tracks #1-13, from "Hamp's Big Band"
Tracks #14-17, from "Silver Vibes"
(Columbia CL 1486)
Personnel on "Hamp's Big Band":
Eddie Williams, Ed Mullens, Art Hoyle, Dave Gonsalves, Donald Byrd, Cat Anderson (tp), Clarence Watson, Lou Blackburn, Wade Marcus (tb), Bobby Plater, Ed Pazant (as), Herman Green, Andrew McGhee (ts), Lonnie Shaw (bar), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, d, vcl), Wade Legge (p), Billy Mackel (g), Lawrence "Skinny" Burgan (b), Charlie Persip, Wilbert "G.T." Hogan (d), possibly Cornelius "Pinochio" James (vcl on "Kidney Stew").
Recorded in New York, April 13, 1959
Personnel on "Silver Vibes":
Dick Hixson, Eddie Bert, Lou McGarity, Bobby Byrne (tb), Lionel Hampton (vib), Tommy Flanagan (p), Billy Mackel (g), George Duvivier (b), Osie Johnson (d).
Recorded in New York, March 10, 1960
Track #18 recorded in the "Silver Vibes" session, but originally issued on a Playboy magazine compilation album.