|Personnel: Lionel Hampton (vocals, piano, vibraphone); Freddie Green, Allan Reuss, Oscar Moore, Teddy Bunn, Billy Mackel (guitar); Charlie Christian (electric guitar); Douglas Daniels (tiple); Thomas Valentine (banjo); Lloyd Reese (clarinet, alto saxophone); Vido Musso (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Edmond Hall, Jack Kelson, Jr. (clarinet); Benny Carter (alto saxophone, trumpet); George Koenig, Earl Bostic, Charlie Lawrence, Hymie Schertzer, Bobby Plater (alto saxophone); Chu Berry, Arthur Rollini, Coleman Hawkins, Paul Howard , Arnett Cobb, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Harry Goodman (baritone saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie, George Orendorff, Henry "Red" Allen, Joe Wilder, Ziggy Elman (trumpet); J.C. Higginbotham, Lawrence Brown (trombone); Clyde Hart, Harvey Brooks , Jess Stacy, Milt Buckner, Nat King Cole, Reginald Foresythe (piano); James "Ham" Jackson (double bass); Cozy Cole, Curley Hamner, Al Spieldock, Gene Krupa, Big Sid Catlett, Zutty Singleton (drums).
|The Alternative Takes series is of immense value to consumers of the "French Classics" CD series. These are alternate takes in chronological order of historic jazz (and some blues) with a strong representation of the swing era. The Alternate Takes: 1929-47 contains 24 Lionel Hampton tracks on a single disc including "Shuffin' at the Hollywood," "Dinah," "How High the Moon," "Flying Home," and two takes of "Overnight Blues." While the disc is definitely directed toward collectors, anyone with an interest in this period of jazz will also enjoy it. ~ Al Campbell