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listen  1. AlwaysLionel Hampton 7:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. 'S WonderfulLionel Hampton 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Air Mail SpecialLionel Hampton 7:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Nearness Of YouLionel Hampton10:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Soft WindsLionel Hampton 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Stompin' At The SavoyLionel Hampton10:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Love For SaleLionel Hampton 9:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. April In ParisLionel Hampton Quintet 6:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Just One Of Those ThingsLionel Hampton 7:42$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Star DustLionel Hampton 9:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. That Old Black MagicLionel Hampton 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. That Old Black MagicLionel Hampton 7:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. This Can't Be LoveLionel Hampton 7:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Willow Weep For MeLionel Hampton10:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. How High The MoonLionel Hampton Quartet 7:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Blues For NormanLionel Hampton 7:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Can't Get StartedLionel Hampton 8:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. MoonglowLionel Hampton 9:34$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. It's Only A Paper MoonLionel Hampton Quintet 6:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Way You Look TonightLionel Hampton Quintet11:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Flying HomeLionel Hampton Quintet17:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. These Foolish ThingsLionel Hampton Quintet 8:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Don't Be That WayLionel Hampton Quintet 9:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. DinahLionel Hampton 8:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. On The Sunny Side Of The StreetLionel Hampton Quintet 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Je Ne Sais PasLionel Hampton Quintet 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. It's A Blue WorldLionel Hampton 7:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. It's A Blue WorldLionel Hampton 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. It's A Blue WorldLionel Hampton 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The High And The MightyLionel Hampton 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. When The Saints Go Marching InLionel Hampton 8:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Flying HomeLionel Hampton 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Midnight SunLionel Hampton 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. TenderlyLionel Hampton10:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Hallelujah!Lionel Hampton 6:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Indiana (Alt. Take)Lionel Hampton 8:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. But BeautifulLionel Hampton 7:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. IndianaLionel Hampton 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Hamp's Boogie WoogieLionel Hampton Quintet 7:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hamp's Boogie WoogieLionel Hampton Quintet 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Honeysuckle RoseLionel Hampton11:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Honeysuckle RoseLionel Hampton 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. China BoyLionel Hampton 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. A Foggy DayLionel Hampton 5:25$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  7. A Foggy DayLionel Hampton 3:24$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Love Is Here To StayLionel Hampton 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Body And SoulLionel Hampton14:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's Only A Paper MoonLionel Hampton Quintet 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sweethearts On ParadeLionel Hampton 7:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Date With OscarLionel Hampton 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 22, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000JBG6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Verve producer Norman Granz brought Lionel Hampton and Oscar Peterson together for the first time in 1953, he fostered one of the great collaborations in the august history of the label. The two laid down some of the most memorable small-group recordings in all of jazz over the space of two years, and you'll find the COMPLETE sessions here, over six hours of music, most of it on CD for the first time! This sumptuous 5-CD package includes a 50-page booklet, a specially designed 19" x 28*1/2*" poster and more goodies, plus two unreleased tracks.

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This five-CD set might begin with sultry, quavering vibraphone and delicately struck piano notes, but the temperature stays low for only the briefest of time. For the rest of the set, the temperature is high and the groove is on. Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and pianist Oscar Peterson joined arms in the studio fewer than 10 times between 1953 and 1954 to cut the 15 or so records that comprise this set. They were an in-studio band exclusively, never unleashing their alchemy on audiences, perhaps because Hampton didn't need to--at least in a material sense. From historical and aesthetic points of view, it's a shame Peterson and Hampton didn't take this unit to the stage. Buddy Rich, who drums on all the sessions, is monstrous, playing wistfully along on "These Foolish Nights" and then blazing through "Flying Home," emphasizing how potent a vibes-fronted band could be in the postbop days of the early 1950s. These years were also the historical launching point for the most successful band ever to feature vibes and piano, the Modern Jazz Quartet. And maybe Hamp was looking to blast off, too, asserting himself in powerhouse swing sessions as the MJQ refined themselves into a restrained ensemble that made sense equally to classical and jazz fans--engaging a genuine dialogue over the differing paths this instrumental setup could take. In any event, Hamp blasted off, and OP shows himself primed for the speed and power. There are numerous spots across these tracks where the band is cruising so fast and playing so hard that you can hear both Peterson and Hampton grunting, not as Keith Jarrett is wont to do, but as weightlifters do. Certainly Ray Brown's ever-present bass is elemental to the force, but Rich's drumming is so intense and unyielding that the band is almost destined to play up to his force field. Given all that, there really isn't much here that will strike most listeners as visionary or revolutionary. Things cook fervently, as if the band is hell-bent on pressing core swing elements home in an era when the music's popularity was waning. --Andrew Bartlett

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William Faust on July 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Thank God for Norman Granz - the undervalued genius who produced these sessions and founded Verve! I say that just about any time I pop in one of my 1950's small group swing CD's from the Verve vaults. And this collection is no exception. In fact it might represent a pinnacle of sorts where Granz was able to bring together some of the finest swing musicians of the period and let them just wail. Recorded in 1953 and 1954, this 5-CD set is ripe with standards and some blues, most of which are up tempo and driven hard behind the rhythm section of Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar and Buddy Rich on drums. The interplay between Peterson on piano and Hampton on vibes makes these recordings come to life and a bit of Buddy De Franco on clarinet is icing on the cake. There's a single CD compilation if you're not certain that a vibes and piano lead session is for you but this is one box set worth owning and listening to again and again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on September 28, 2005
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Hamp and O.P. swing like crazy on these most excellent tracks. Bonus is Buddy DeFranco on clarinet: damn! he's good!!

All these guys work together so well; the standards are great; the recorded sound is great: this is jazz! Totally worth the price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Mud on January 27, 2009
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I am 44 years old so most of this was recorded before I was born. I am discovering this whole new world of jazz. My music taste are all over the place but I find myself coming back to Hamp & Oscar. I put this in my CD player at work and have not changed CD's for nearly two weeks. For those of you new to these men this is a great introduction. For those of you who have been fans for a long time thank you for the reviews and leading me to this great music.

Do yourself a favor and buy this set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Donald Neighbour on July 28, 2008
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This box set should be in any collection of a jazz lover who enjoys mainstream, straight ahead, swinging jazz of the highest quality. If you are a fan of the exciting JATP sessions; these studio recordings match their intensity and atmosphere. I defy anyone not to smile and tap their feet!
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