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Lionel Hampton: There Will Never Be Another You

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Lionel Hampton: There Will Never Be Another You Recorded in 1989 and featuring vocalist Sylvia Bennett, this studio performance captures Lionel Hampton in action with a big band, tearin' up those swingin' vibes. Hampton's 1989 band arrangements are outstanding. They pull everyone together, lifting each section up to its assigned role in support of the vibraphonist's featured spot. He carries each selection with vigor. Reeds and brass pack plenty of power, while the rhythm section swings. The use of electric bass and congas lend a contemporary charm to the band's sound, which merges well with the leader's animated performance.

Both the CD and the DVD in this package are being released this year for the first time. As its title suggests, this homage to a jazz legend demonstrates how unique he was. Hampton brought us great jazz for over sixty years. He also provided a learning ground for countless jazz stars and mentored many up-and-coming artists.

Sylvia Bennett, who sings six selections on this CD program and provides commentary on the companion DVD, fits the characteristics of the Hampton band well. The swing and bounce in her voice carries a complementary charm. Several of her selections are pop-oriented, bringing a decidedly different approach to the Hampton organization. She's even integrated Hampton's spoken comments as sound bites on a remix of "You Make My Heart Sing, which brings out the goosebumps.

The DVD portion of the album provides samples from each of the songs, as well as commentary from Sylvia Bennett and producer Hal Batt. Hampton is seen performing and speaking as the scenes shift from concert venues to the Miami studio, Hampton's New York apartment, and even Reagan's inaugural, with footage of Hampton, Bennett and several of the nation's VIPs. Representing a half-hour video tribute to Lionel Hampton, the DVD portion of There Will Never Be Another You complements this welcome big band album.


Track Listing: Just One of Those Things; There Will Never Be Another You; Cookin in the Kitchen (Jumpin at the Mudhole); Sweet Man of Mine; Beulahs Boogie; Bill Bailey; It Might as Well Be Spring; Together; Red Top; Please Love Me; Someday; You Make My Heart Sing; You Make My Heart Sing (remix).

Personnel: Lionel Hampton: vibraphone, synthesizer; Sylvia Bennett: vocals; Mike Lewis: conductor; Hal S. Batt: keyboards, guitar, bass; Bobby Pancoast: keyboards; Neil Bonsanti, Billy Ross, Chip McNeil, Jeff King: saxophone; Whit Sidener: baritone saxophone; Jim Hacker, Brett Murphy, Tony Luschen, John Georgini: trumpet; Phil Gray, Tom Darling, Dana Teboe, Greg Cox: trombone; Sammy Figueroa: percussion; Dave Hardman, Gary Kujack: drums.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Out of Sight Music | Style: Big Band


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