The Lionel Hampton Quartet

The Lionel Hampton Quartet


Lionel Hampton (vibraphone), Oscar Peterson (piano), Ray Brown (bass), Buddy Rich (drums)

CLEF 673

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - Just One of Those Things
A2 - Stompin' at The Savoy
B1 - How High The Moon
B2 - The Nearness Of You

Recorded on September 2, 1953 in New York City.

First recordings of The Lionel Hampton Quartet with Buddy Rich, Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown. They were known as "The Perfect Quartet"! And it wasn't just their producer Norman Granz, surely not unbiased as to the greatness of his jazz musicians, who called them so. So it was only logical to put this super quartet together. Just as the start of his career, the great Oscar Peterson was eager to show off all that he had learned from copying and listening to his maestro Art Tatum; Ray Brown provided swing and bop which he had perfected in Dizzy Gillespie's big bands; Buddy Rich, billed as 'the world's greatest drummer', could lend impetus to simply any band; and the grandmaster of the sticks, known as 'The Hamp', could hammer away at the vibraphone just as Benny Goodman before him - full of verve and swing, rhythmic and melodic, ecstatic and sensitive. This release on the Clef label, with a fitting cover by David Stone Martin, contains four numbers: two from the Quartet's first session, and two from the second six months later. All four are an ideal starting point for lengthy improvisations much in the style of the Jazz At The Philharmonic idea, but without winds, just with a rhythm group.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under