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Over to Berlin this weekend for a concert by the immortal Lionel Hampton, and his All-Stars for a concert given at the Sportspalast on April 10, 1953 and recorded by RIAS.
From the mid-1940s until the early 1950s, Hampton led a lively rhythm & blues band whose Decca Records recordings included numerous young performers who later had significant careers. They included bassist Charles Mingus, saxophonist Johnny Griffin, guitarist Wes Montgomery, and vocalist Dinah Washington. Other noteworthy band members were trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Cat Anderson, Kenny Dorham, and Snooky Young; trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, and saxophonists Jerome Richardson and Curtis Lowe.
The Hampton orchestra that toured Europe in 1953 included Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, Anthony Ortega, Monk Montgomery, George Wallington, Art Farmer, Quincy Jones, and singer Annie Ross. Hampton continued to record with small groups and jam sessions during the 1940s and 1950s, with Oscar Peterson, Buddy DeFranco, and others. In 1955, while in California working on The Benny Goodman Story he recorded with Stan Getz and made two albums with Art Tatum for Norman Granz as well as with his own big band.
Here’s what’s on the player and here’s who’s playing:
Lionel HAMPTON All Stars
Live at Sportpalast in Berlin, Germany, October 04, 1953
Lionel Hampton -vib,d;
Eddie Pazant (verving Robert Plater),
01 AIR MAIL SPECIAL 5.05
02 I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU 3.30
03 MEDLEY: STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY – WHEN THE SAINTS (MORE) 10.42
04 STARDUST 4.48
05 HOW HIGH THE MOON 3.32
06 ALWAYS 3.40
07 DRINK WINE SPO-DEE-O-DEE 3.30 [Sonny Parker -vo;]
08 MR. JELLY ROLL 2.55
09 HAMP’S BOOGIE WOOGIE 2.35 [and closing comments]
Something cool, rare and swingin’ on a Sunday.