Milt Buckner Acetate: “Hamp’ s Boogie”

I made a little movie to the music of Milt Buckner playing “Hamp’s Boogie” at an unknown date. The music comes from a mysterious bunch of acetates from the Otto Flückiger collection.

The mystery: There are five two sided  33 rpm acetates with “KAKE”  labels (probably coming vom KAKE TV, based in Wichita). Eight and a half side have tracks from Lionel Hampton’s April 1953 concert at the Forum in Wichita KS (Delmark’s Bob Koester may well have attended it!).

One of these records has solo piano by Milt Buckner though.   One of its sides has four tracks by Buckner: “Old man River”, Hamp’s Boogie”, “How High the Moon” and “Laura”. The other side starts with Milt playing “Flyin’ Home”, after that it’s Hampton at the Forum again.

So here is “Hamp’s Boogie”

How Buckner and the Hampton band landed on the same acetate, I do not know,  Buckner had left Hampton some years before 1953. Unfortunately there is no date written on the sides featuring Buckner, but they may well be from the same year. If you have a better idea, PLEASE let me know.

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2 Responses to “Milt Buckner Acetate: “Hamp’ s Boogie””

  1. h unjack Says:

    Do the Lionel Hampton tracks have Clifford Brown? If so, these would be the only recorded examples of Brown with Hamp. Can you post them for us to hear? I expect Quincy Jones would be on them since he’s on the Snader Telescriptions of 1951 and was still with them in the fall of 1953 for the European tour. Anyone know when Art Farmer joined Hamp? It would be great to hear him too.

    I’m not sure when Brown joined Hamp and don’t know much about where they played other than New York and Europe.

    Interesting side note: On 20110925 (?), I spoke briefly with Charles Lloyd after his show in Vancouver (incidentally i recorded the show, but not the conversation). Knowing he had grown up with one of my favorite trumpeters, Booker Little, I asked him a few questions about him including Little’s exposure to Brown. Lloyd repeated an oft-quoted bit that Little regretted deeply Brown’s death, having met him and played with him in Chicago c. 1955-56 (i think).

    I then asked Lloyd if he had heard Brown. He said no, then paused, and added that indeed he (Lloyd) had heard Brown, but earlier–with Hamp, presumably somewhere around Lloyd’s hometown of Memphis, TN.

    Anyone Brownophiles or familiar with the Memphis or Wichita jazz scenes of the early 50s (or able to get more details from Lloyd) who could help shed some more light on this?

    (I remember reading an interview in a profile of Charlie Parker in Downbeat around 1990 with some of the guys (Bob Gould?) from Wichita radio who recorded Bird’s first solos with Jay McShann in 1940).

    Anyone know if kinescopes survive of KAKE-TV in Wichita? Who knows–there could be some Brown on film lying around there.

    More important, could you please upload these discs?

    • No, Clifford Brown is NOT on these acetates. Brownie joined the band in august, when it was playing at the band box in New York, some weeks before the european tour. Art Farmer joined the band at sometime in spring 1953, so he may be playing trumpet here.

      As for recordings by Brown with the Hampton Band: Some dozen years ago the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors released parts of the September 15 concert as IAJRC 31. And the September 25 Basel concert has been released on two CDs on the swiss TCB label. Both should be available.

      As for putting up the KAKE acetates on my blog, I do not think I will do this anytime soon. Most of them are rather dirty and I do not have the means to clean them the way they should be. Besides while playing them the needle is getting stuck every other minute or so, which means I would have to spent hours of digitally fixing this – and I am not a pro at that – sorry.

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