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There Will Never Be Another You by Lionel Hampton

Legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton worked with only a few woman singers during his long career. One of them was Sylvia Bennett. In 1987, they made one of Hampton’s final records, Sentimental Journey, which earned a Grammy nomination.

The newly released There Will Never Be Another You features more songs from the Hampton-Bennett collaboration. Made in 1989, the album features a mix of instrumental numbers that alternate with selections featuring Bennett’s vocals. There are cover tunes and four original numbers written by Bennett and producer Hal S. Batt.

Batt gives the music a modern edge, whether the song is a swinging big band number, a blues tune, or a Latin-flavored version of "Bill Bailey." One of the original songs is "You Make My Heart Sing," which is followed by a dance remix of the song.

Hampton’s playing is superb throughout the album. The highlight, "Cookin’ In The Kitchen (aka Jumpin’ At The Mudhole), is essentially a six-minute long solo. There’s also a new swinging version of Hampton’s "Red Top." Other Hampton compositions on the CD are the high-energy "Beulah’s Boogie," and the gentle pop tune "Someday."

He recorded his part in a home studio in Miami, which provided a relaxed environment for him to work. As a result, he sounds loose and free to improvise. Collaborator Bennett has a pleasant, resonant voice. She’s got a cabaret-style delivery that works especially well on the big band tunes.

There is a second disc that features a 30-minute DVD that looks at the Hampton-Bennett partnership. It features some good live performance footage of Hampton and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lionel Hampton
  • CD Title: There Will Never Be Another You
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Out of Sight Music
  • Tracks: Just One Of Those Things, There Will Never Be Another You, Cookin’ In The Kitchen (aka Jumpin’ At the Mudhole), Sweet Man Of Mine, Beulah’s 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)
  • Musicians: Lionel Hampton (vibraphone, synthesizer), Sylvia Bennett (vocals), Mike Lewis (conductor), Hal S. Batt (keyboards, guitar, and bass), Bobby Pancoast (keyboards), Neil Bonsanti, Billy Ross, Chip McNeil, and Jeff King (saxophone), Whit Sidener (baritone saxophone), Jim Hacker, Brett Murphy, Tony Luschen, and John Georgini (trumpet), Phil Gray, Tom Darling, Dana Teboe, and Greg Cox (trombone), Sammy Figueroa (percussions), Dave Hardman and Gotz Kujack (drums)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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