“Garnished with a fistful of alternate takes, the 2007 release of Mosaic’s 107-track Complete Lionel Hampton Victor Sessions 1937-1941 is a welcome and long overdue CD realization of The Complete Lionel Hampton 1937-1941, a six-LP box set released during the 1970s by the Bluebird label. Only Teddy Wilson came close to achieving what Hamp did in the late 1930s and early ’40s, by bringing together the greatest soloists on the scene for a staggeringly productive and inspired series of recordings that essentially defined the state of jazz during the years immediately preceding the Second World War. Nearly every musician heard on this collection may be traced to the most important and influential bands on the scene during the ’30s, including groups operating under the leadership of Duke Ellington, Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines, Fats Waller, John Kirby, and Nat King Cole (these last two appear with Hampton as sidemen). Even a detailed list of the master musicians gathered together by Lionel Hampton during this five year period would scarcely do justice to the depth and scope of the music represented here. This set defines swing, and jazz itself, as few other compilations ever have, can or will. Utterly essential listening, second to none. The fact that this is a limited edition rather than required listening in every public school in North America is bittersweet food for thought.” – AllMusic.
00:00 1. My Last Affair (A)
02:35 2. Jivin’ The Vibres (A)
04:57 3. The Mood That I’m In (A)
(A. Silver-A. Sherman)
07:39 4. Stomp (A)
10:48 5. Buzzin’ ‘Round With The Bee (B)
13:56 6. Whoa Babe (B)
16:49 7. Stompology (B)
19:52 8. On The Sunny Side Of The Street (C)
(J. McHugh-D. Fields)
23:09 9. Rhythm, Rhythm (I Got Rhythm) (C)
(G & I Gershwin)
26:01 10. China Stomp (Chinatown, My Chinatown) (C)
(W. Jerome-J. Schwartz)
28:51 11. I Know That You Know (C)
(V. Youmans-A. Caldwell)
31:49 12. I’m Confessin’ (D)
35:18 13. Drum Stomp (Crazy Rhythm) (D)
38:28 14. Piano Stomp (Shine) (D)
41:26 15. I Surrender Dear (D)
(H. Barris-G. Clifford)
44:50 16. The Object Of My Affection (E)
48:05 17. Judy (E)
(H. Carmichael-S. Lerner)
51:12 18. Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home (E)
(C. Warfield-C. Williams)
54:04 19. Everybody Loves My Baby (E)
(J. Palmer-S. Williams)
56:55 20. After You’ve Gone (E)
(H. Creamer-T. Layton)
1:00:01 21. I Just Couldn’t Take It, Baby (E)
(M. Holiner-A. Nichols)
1:03:11 22. My Last Affair (alt tk) (A)
1:05:59 23. The Object Of My Affection (alt tk) (E)
(A) Ziggy Elman (tp), Hymie Schertzer, George Koenig (as), Vido Musso, Arthur Rollini (ts), Lionel Hampton (vib, vcl), Jess Stacy (p), Allen Reuss (g), Harry Goodman (b), Gene Krupa (d).
Supervised by Leonard Joy
NYC, February 8, 1937
04582-2 My Last Affair (LH-vcl) RCA (F) NL 89583 (LP)
04582-1 My Last Affair (LH-vcl) Vic 25527
04583-1 Jivin’ The Vibres Vic 25535
04584-1 The Mood That I’m In (LH-vcl) Vic 25527
04585-1 Stomp -1 Vic 25535
-1 Hampton (d) replaces Krupa.
Note: The master and alternate of matrix 04582 are reversed on the RCA LP and CD 66500, the complete lionel hampton vol. 1/2 (1937-1938).
(B) Cootie Williams (tp), Lawrence Brown (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Lionel Hampton (vib, vcl), Jess Stacy (p), Allen Reuss (g), John Kirby (b), Cozy Cole (d).
Supervised by Eli Oberstein & Leonard Joy
NYC, April 14, 1937
07792-3R Buzzin’ ‘Round With The Bee (LH-sp) Vic 25575
07793-3R Whoa Babe (LH-vcl) –
07794-1 Stompology Vic 25601
Note: The flip side of Victor 25601 is by the Quintette of the Hot Club of France.
Mezz Mezzrow’s name was listed on the label and in discographies, but he is not audible.
(C) Buster Bailey (cl), Johnny Hodges (sop, as), Lionel Hampton (vib, vcl), Jess Stacy (p), Allen Reuss (g), John Kirby (b), Cozy Cole (d).
Supervised by Leonard Joy
NYC, April 26, 1937
07864-1 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (LH-vcl) Vic 25592
07865-1 Rhythm, Rhythm (I Got Rhythm) Vic 25586
07866-1 China Stomp (Chinatown, My Chinatown) -1 –
07867-1A I Know That You Know -2 Vic 25592
-1 Hampton and Stacy (p); omit Hodges.
-2 Hampton (d) replaces Cole.
(D) Jonah Jones (tp), Eddie Barefield (cl), Lionel Hampton (vib, vcl), Clyde Hart (p), Bobby Bennett (g), Mack Walker (b), Cozy Cole (d).
NYC, August 16, 1937
09644-1 Confessin’ (That I Love You) (LH-vcl) Vic 25658
09645-1 Drum Stomp (Crazy Rhythm) -1 –
09646-1 Piano Stomp (Shine) -2 Vic 25666
09647-1 I Surrender Dear –
-1 Hampton (d) replaces Cole.
-2 Add Hampton (p).
(E) Ziggy Elman (tp), Vido Musso (cl, ts), Arthur Rollini (ts), Lionel Hampton (vib, vcl), Jess Stacy (p), Allen Reuss (g), Johnny Miller (b), Cozy Cole (d).
NYC, September 5, 1937
09680-1 The Object Of My Affections (LH-vcl) RCA (F) 741077 (LP)
09680-2 The Object Of My Affections (LH-vcl) Vic 25699
09681-2 Judy (LH-vcl) –
09682-2 Baby, Won’t You
Please Come Home (LH-vcl) Vic 25674
09683-2 Everybody Loves My Baby (LH-vcl) Vic 25682
09684-1 After You’ve Gone (LH-vcl) Vic 25674
09685-1 I Just Couldn’t Take It, Baby (LH-vcl) Vic 25682
Label: Mosaic Records (2) – MD5-238
Format: 5 × CD, Mono
Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered