About The Album
After receiving the Grammy nomination for Sentimental Journey on Atlantic Records, Lionel Hampton Giant of the jazz world and king of the vibraphone, recorded a second album with Sylvia Bennett in 1989. Because of the intimate setting of the “home studio” in Miami where the vibes were set up, Lionel felt very comfortable, relaxed, and spontaneous which led to one of his best studio performances ever.
The significance and excitement of this project is that it is a totally new and unreleased Lionel Hampton recording that contains cover tunes and four new songs. This major work is a modern pop jazz recording that represents Lionel’s innovative side, including his signature rapid two–finger piano playing. The work includes a dance mix of You Make My Heart Sing that appeals to the dance set as well as the jazz and pop audiences here and worldwide.
The work is titled There Will Never Be Another You, to pay tribute to the man who contributed so much over so many years to music and society. This work honors Lionel Hampton and allows his old and new fans to experience his brilliance as an artist and innovator.
1. Just One Of Those Things (3:01)
2. There Will Never Be Another You (2:44)
3. Cookin’ in the Kitchen (6:01)
4. Sweet Man Of Mine (3:14)
5. Beulah’s Boogie (3:12)
6. Bill Bailey (2:29)
7. It Might As Well Be Spring (3:35)
8. Together (4:00)
9. Red Top (5:05)
10. Please Love Me (3:17)
11. Some Day (3:36)
12. You Make My Heart Sing (3:34)
13. You Make My Heart Sing (Remix) (3:53)
"This album has a companion DVD featuring Hamp and the big band with Bennett vocalizing magnificently. This recording is a gem as well as having monumental historical significance. Sylvia Bennett's vocal on "There Will Never Be Another You" is pure joy as she struts and sashays her way through this tune sweetly swinging. Her clear tone and enunciation are perfect This has always been a great tune and Bennett treats it as such. Great vocal, with solid ensemble backing. "Beulah's Boogie" Boogie Woogie time as the band fires up this tune and smokes it fully. Hamp's solo is the be all and end all with the band romping happily. "Bill Bailey" Sylvia Bennett takes it upstairs and gives new meaning to this oldie. "Red Top" I have done this tune with Gene Ammons in the long ago past and it never gets out of style. A nice saxophone solo with the band driving hard and strong puts it in the category of swinging easy with substance. On "Please Love Me" Bennett gets after this tune like a hungry man with a ham sandwich. She swings; she sings with gusto and treats the tempo like an old friend. Blues with a strong message says it all. The combination of Lionel Hampton, Sylvia Bennett and the band work their magic in no uncertain terms. This is American jazz presented in its purest form."
– John Gilbert
"Hampton found his vocal soul mate in Bennett and the chemical reaction the two conjure up on ‘There Will Never Be Another You’ is as inventive as it is entertaining."
– C. Michael Bailey
All About Jazz
"With spunky blowing by Hamp and the band and charming vocals, by the Italian-born Bennett, on seven numbers. After listening, It's easy to see why Hamp was so taken with her. Bennett has a pleasing voice and crystal-clear diction, sings squarely on-key, respects a lyric and knows how to swing when the occasion demands. Although her background was pop, she effortlessly to Hampton's more Jazz-oriented style."
– Jack Bowers
"Relaxing smooth jazz compositions with uptempo Latin and Caribbean influences, “There Will Never Be Another You” also features the talented Sylvia Bennett. A Grammy nominated jazz artist, Lionel Hampton is known for his legendary skills on the vibraphone. Honoring Hampton, the album is a pop composition destined to appeal to jazz and pop audiences everywhere. Originally recorded in 1989 along with produder Hal Batt after their Grammy nomination, Lionel Hampton and Sylvia Bennett’s second album is staggering."
"Vibes master Lionel Hampton’s glowing "There Will Never Be Another You" album gets a posthumous release and features vocal contributions from Sylvia Bennett. Originally recorded in 1989, Hampton’s ace vibraphonics skate across the lavish brass and piano arrangements, and are complemented by Sylvia’s sweet, popacious vocals. An insightful ‘making of’ documentary is also included, which shows Lionel hard at work in his kitchen, cooking up his musical delicacies."
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