Down Beat (3/97, p.59) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...more than 25 years since its mayfly-like birth and demise, this crucial interracial band reassembled....Dynamo Krupa is a jack-in-the-box of swing, Goodman's tone only enriched with age, Wilson is a paragon of taste and Hampton radiates happiness..."
Personnel: Benny Goodman (clarinet); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Teddy Wilson (piano); Gene Krupa (drums).
Recorded at RCA and Webster Hall Studios, New York, New York between February 13 and August 27, 1963. Originally released on RCA Victor (2698). Includes liner notes by George Avakian.
This is part of Bluebird Records "First Edition" series.
Together Again was the first full reunion in the studio of the Benny Goodman Quartet (featuring the clarinetist, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, pianist Teddy Wilson, and drummer Gene Krupa), and although they would get together on an infrequent basis over the next decade, this was their last studio recording. In general, the classic swing stars avoided re-creating their past triumphs and instead recorded veteran standards that they had missed the first time around. Krupa's bass drum work (which is meant to fill in for a bassist) gets a bit heavy-handed at times, but the good spirits of the reunion uplift the music. Highlights include "Seven Come Eleven," "I've Found a New Baby," "Runnin' Wild," and the blues "Four Once More." ~ Scott Yanow