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Lionel Hampton 12/0/2002

Review

The recordings of Lionel Hampton have rarely been treated with as much respect as on ASV/Living Era's two-disc collection titled after his biggest hit, Flyin' Home. It takes in a mere 20 years of his career, from his debut with the vibraphone in 1930 (on the hit "Memories of You," thanks to a suggestion by leader Louis Armstrong) to the end of the '40s. The compilers made plenty of wise choices, including a pair of tracks from the trailblazing Benny Goodman Quartet (jazz music's first integrated band) featuring Hampton on vibes, his best feature on drums ("Drum Stomp (Crazy Rhythm)"), and three of his hottest boogie sides from the '40s: "Hamp's Boogie Woogie," "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop," and "Air Mail Special." The only caveat is that the version of "Stardust" -- from a 1947 live date in Pasadena, one of the best moments for Hampton specifically and 20th century jazz in general -- is truncated to only the last three minutes (of a 15-minute performance). ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Flying Home (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 3:14
  3. 2 Loose Wig (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 3:1
  4. 3 Million Dollar Smile (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 3:5
  5. 4 Midnight Sun (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 3:16
  6. 5 Central Avenue Breakdown (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 3:2
  7. 6 Blow Top Blues (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 3:17
  8. 7 Rockin' in Rhythm (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 5:44
  9. 8 Stardust (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 15:2
  10. 9 Air Mail Special (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 5:57
  11. 10 Moonglow (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 3:14
  12. 11 The Hucklebuck (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 3:3
  13. 12 Muchacho Azul (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 3:3
  14. 13 Blue Because of You (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 2:56
  15. 14 Hamp's Gumbo (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 2:40
  16. 15 Sad Feeling (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 2:44
  17. 16 Beulah's Boogie (2001 Remastered Version) Lionel Hampton 3:3

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