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Lionel Hampton: You Better Know It!!!

Album Reviews:

JazzTimes (11/94, p.93) - "...the music is as good as promised by the all-star personnel....[Hampton's] singing is always rhythmically infectious..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Lionel Hampton (vocals, vibraphone, piano); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet); Hank Jones (piano); Milt Hinton (bass); Osie Johnson (drums).

Producer: Bob Thiele.

Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on October 28 & 29, 1964. Originally released on Impulse! (78). Includes liner notes by George Hoefer.

Digitally remastered by Paul Elmore (MCA Music Media Studios).

Vibist Lionel Hampton's rhythmic abilities haven't been dulled by age, and he displayed his proficiency on this date, which includes the enjoyable bonus track "Moon Over My Annie." There was no wasted energy or unnecessary or exaggerated solos; just bluesy, assertive, muscular arrangements, accompaniment, and ensemble segments. Highlights included "Vibraphone Blues," "Trick or Treat" and "Swingle Jingle," in which Hampton shifted from vibes to piano. ~ Ron Wynn


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