- Released: August 12, 2008
- Label: Tcb Music
- 1.Gryce Suite (Brown Skin)
- 2.Jazz Group
- 3.Setting the Pace / Flying Home
- 5.Air Mail Special
- 6.Hamp's Boogie Woogie
- 7.Kingfish (Drinking Wine)
- 9.On the Sunny Side of the Street
Lionel Hampton: Lionel Hampton; Sonny Parker (vocals); Billy Mackel (guitar); Tony Ortega (flute, saxophone); Clifford Solomon (clarinet, saxophone); Clifford Scott, Gigi Gryce, Oscar Estelle (saxophone); Clifford Brown , Walter Williams (trumpet); Al Hayse, Jimmy Cleveland, Buster Cooper (trombone); Curley Hamner (drums); Alan Dawson , Monk Montgomery, Quincy Jones, Art Farmer, Benny Powell.
Personnel: Lionel Hampton (vocals, piano, vibraphone, drums); Quincy Jones (trumpet, piano); Art Farmer (trumpet); Benny Powell (trombone); Monk Montgomery (bass instrument, upright bass, bass guitar); Alan Dawson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Kurt Weill .
Recording information: Mustermesse, Basel, Switzerland (09/25/1953).
The Swing era was over, but some big bands hung on. Chalk it up to popularity and/or changing with the times, but Lionel Hampton's band endured. Recorded live (originally for radio broadcast) in Switzerland in 1953, the Hampton band was in a wonderful transitional period. While they played hard-swinging, danceable favorites of the Swing era, their repertoire reflected the burgeoning influences of bebop and even rhythm & blues. This band wails throughout, featuring jazz stars-to-be, trumpeters Art Farmer and Clifford Brown, and a lad named Quincy Jones. This is a gem for both big-band fans and jazz historians.