Saturday, 6 August 2016

Lionel Hampton - In The Bag!



Side 1:
01. In The Bag
02. Dig Those Vibes
03. Jack The Fox Boogie
04. How High The Moon
05. Million Dollar Smile
06. Turkey Hop (Parts 1 & 2)
07. Double Talk
08. Empty Glass (Normania)

Side 2:
01. Hamp's Gumbo No 2
02. Mingus Fingers
03. Three Minutes On 52nd Street
04. Hamp's Got A Duke
05. Dancing On The Ceiling
06. Blues For Little 'T'
07. Memories Of You
08. Silver Slipper

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In response to a re-up request, here is the third album of Lionel Hampton Decca sides to be released by Affinity in the 1980s. This time the rips are from a cassette although there are some clicks and pops just like vinyl. I have no idea how that happened.

Twelve of the tracks are from Hamp's swing and R&B heyday in the 1940s and early 1950s. For me the outstanding track is the two-parter "Turkey Hop." The final four tracks were recorded live at The Silver Slipper Club on the Las Vegas Strip in 1963. It's worth your while googling this establishment as it was one of the earliest joints to open up in Vegas. As you can imagine, the final four tracks differ in style from the rest of the album.

There are recording details on the cassette sleeve, but as they are hard to read, I've included the information plus original release dates in the post. The musicians involved in these recordings include many who have featured in other posts in this blog, e.g. Illinois Jacquet, Jack McVea, Joe Morris, Johnny Griffin, Arnett Cobb and Morris Lane.

Here are links to the posts featuring those other Hamp LP's on Affinity:





In The Bag! - the facts on the tracks, in order of recording date:

In The Bag! -

Recorded in NYC, May 26th 1942. Personnel: Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: Eddie Hutchinson, Mannie Klein, Ernie Royal, Jack Trainor (trumpets); Fred Beckett, Sonny Craven, Harry Sloan (trombones); Marshall Royal (clarinet, alto sax); Ray Perry (alto sax); Eddie Barefield, Illinois Jacquet (tenor saxes); Jack McVea (baritone sax); Lionel Hampton (vibes; arranger) Milt Buckner (piano); Irving Ashby (guitar); Vernon Alley (bass); Lee Young (drums).

Released on Decca 18394 (B Side of "Flying Home") in July 1942.

Million Dollar Smile -

Recorded in Los Angeles, October 16th, 1944. Personnel: Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra : Snooky Young, Wendell Culley, Joe Morris, Dave Page, Lamar Wright Jr., (trumpets); Vernon Porter, Fred Beckett, Andrew Penn, Sonny Craven, Allen Durham (trombones ); George Dorsey, Gus Evans (alto saxes); Arnett Cobb, Fred Simon (tenor saxes); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone sax); Lionel Hampton (vibes); Milt Buckner (piano); Billy Mackel (guitar), Charles Harris, Ted Sinclair (bass); Ted Radcliffe (drums).

Released on Decca 18719 (B Side of "Beulah's Boogie") in November 1945.


Empty Glass (Normania) - 

Recorded in Los Angeles, September 9th, 1946. Personnel: Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: Wendell Culley, Duke Garrette, Jimmy Nottingham, Joe Wilder, Leo Shepherd (trumpets); Jimmy Wormick, Michael "Booty" Wood, A1 Hayse, Andrew Penn (trombones); Bobby Plater, Ben Kynard (alto saxes); Arnett Cobb, Johnny Griffin (tenor saxes); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone sax); Lionel Hampton (vibes); Milt Buckner (piano); Billy Mackel (guitar); Joe Comfort, Charles Harris (bass); Gene "Fats" Heard (drums).

Empty Glass was not released on a single.

Dig Those Vibes -

Recorded in Los Angeles, September 23rd, 1946. Personnel same as above, September 9th 1946 session, but with Jackie Kelson added on clarinet.

Dig Those Vibes was not released on a single.

Empty Glass and Dig Those Vibes were first released on the LP "Lionel Hampton Rarities (Jazz Heritage Series)" MCA 1351 in 1982.

Double Talk and Jack The Fox Boogie were recorded in Los Angeles, on September 23rd, 1946. Personnel: Lionel Hampton and his Octet: Joe Wilder (trumpet); Jackie Kelson (clarinet); Bobby Plater (alto sax); Arnett Cobb (tenor sax); Lionel Hampton (vibes, piano); Milt Buckner (piano); Billy Mackel (guitar); Joe Comfort (bass); Curley Hamner (drums).

Double Talk and Jack The Fox Boogie were first released on the LP "Lionel Hampton Rarities (Jazz Heritage Series)" MCA 1351 in 1982.


How High The Moon - 

Recorded in New York, April 2nd 1947. Personnel: Lionel Hampton and his Quintet: Lionel Hampton (vibes); Milt Buckner (piano); Billy Mackel (guitar); Charles Harris (bass); Curley Hamner (drums).

Released on Decca 24513 (b/w "Ribs And Hot Sauce") in November 1948.

Hamp's Got A Duke and Three Minutes On 52nd Street -

Recorded in Los Angeles, 6th August 1947. Personnel: Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: Wendell Culley, Duke Garrette, Jimmy Nottingham, Kenny Dorham, Leo Shepherd (trumpets); Britt Woodman, Jimmy Wormick, Sonny Craven, Andrew Penn (trombones); Jackie Kelson (clarinet, alto sax); Bobby Plater, Ben Kynard (alto saxes); Morris Lane, Johnny Sparrow (tenor saxes); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone sax); Lionel Hampton (vibes); Milt Buckner (piano); Billy Mackel (guitar); Joe Comfort, Charlie Harris (bass); Earl Walker (drums).

Hamp's Got A Duke was released on Decca 24248 (b/w "Gone Again") in October 1947.

Three Minutes On 52nd Street was released on Decca 24429 (b/w "Midnight Sun") in May 1948. This disc was part of the four disc album "New Movements In Be-Bop" (Decca, A-661).

Mingus Fingers -

Recorded in Los Angeles, 10th November, 1947. Personnel: Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: Wendell Culley, Duke Garrette, Walter Williams, Teddy Buckner, Leo Shephard (trumpets); James Robinson, Andrew Penn, Jimmy Wormick, Britt Woodman (trombones); Jackie Kelson (clarinet, alto sax); Bobby Plater, Ben Kynard (alto saxes); Morris Lane, John Sparrow (tenor saxes); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone sax); Lionel Hampton (vibes); Milt Buckner (piano); Billy Mackel (guitar); Joe Comfort, Charles Mingus (bass); Earl Walker (drums).

Released on Decca 24428 (b/w "Muchacho Azul") in May 1948. This disc was part of the four disc album "New Movements In Be-Bop" (Decca, A-661).

Hamp's Gumbo -

Recorded in New York,  25th January 1950. Personnel: Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra : Walter Williams, Benny Bailey, Ed Mullens, Duke Garrette, Leo Shepherd(trumpets); A1 Grey, Benny  Powell, Paul Lee, Jimmy Wormick (trombones); Bobby Plater, Jerome Richardson (alto saxes); Curtis Lowe, Johnny Board, Billy "Smallwood" Williams (tenor saxes); Lonnie Shaw (baritone sax); Lionel Hampton (vibes); Doug Duke (piano); Wes Montgomery (guitar); Roy Johnson (bass); Ellis Bartee (drums); Sonny Parker (vocal).

Released on Decca 24946 (b/w "Sad Feeling"), March 1950.

Turkey Hop, Parts 1 and 2 -

Recorded in New York, 23rd March, 1950. Personnel: Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra : Benny Bailey, Duke Garrette, Ed Mullens, Leo Shepherd, Walter Williams (trumpets); A1 Grey, Paul Lee, Benny Powell, Jimmy Wormick (trombones); Bobby Plater, Jerome Richardson (alto saxes); Johnny Board, Lonnie Shaw, Curtis Lowe (tenor saxes); Ben Kynard (baritone sax); Lionel Hampton (vibes); Gus Domerette (piano); Rudy Mason (guitar); Roy Johnson (bass, vocal); Ellis Bartee (drums); Curley Hamner (2nd drums).

Released on Decca 24992, April 1950.

Billboard, 29th April 1950
Dancing On The Ceiling, Blues For Little 'T', Memories Of You, Silver Slipper -

Recorded at the Silver Slipper Club, Las Vegas, Nevada, 20th March, 1963. Personnel: Lionel Hampton and Charlie Teagarden : Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Bill Harris (trombone); Lionel Hampton (vibes); Ronnie di Fillips (piano); Carson Smith (bass); Tom Montgomery (drums).

Released on Coral LP The Great Hamp And Little 'T', CRL 57438 / CRL 757438(S), August 1963.



Above: The Silver Slipper, 1960. Below: Burlesque and Fight Nights at The Silver Slipper. Just over a year after Hamp recorded there, Gaming Control Board agents raided the joint and closed it when they found that shaved dice were being used. The Silver Slipper re-opened under new management and kept going until the 1980s.


2 comments:

gracenotes said...

Many, many thanks for your gracious response to my request to re-up this.

Listening as I'm typing - lovely stuff, and sounds good, too. The clicks and pops on the cassette might possibly be because they used an LP master to make the cassette. This did happen sometimes.

many thanks again.

boogiewoody said...

Cheers Gracenotes. I enjoyed doing the research and coming across the story of The Silver Slipper.