Take jazz legend and undisputed king of the vibes Lionel Hampton, add the silken voice of chanteuse Sylvia Bennett, let them loose in a home kitchen studio and let the magic begin.
But don’t stop there. Sprinkle in the brilliance of producer Hal Batt, combine big band sound as well as classic jazz, then mix it up with a complementary pop fizz.
What do you get? A diverse, yet cohesive recording that is a tribute to the late, great Lionel Hampton.
This once buried treasure has been unearthed, finished and released by Out of Sight Music, Inc. And now, fans of old and new fans-to-be can hear Hampton at his best on “There Will Never Be Another You.”
The story of how this recording came to be is a captivating one and is told on a historical DVD paired with the CD. It’s an all new, never before heard studio recording and never released DVD footage.
The 13-song recording includes title tribute song “There Will Never Be Another You,” along with instrumentals featuring Hampton’s masterful performances in “Cookin' in the Kitchen” (aka “Jumpin' At the Mudhole”) Beulah’s Boogie,” “It Might as Well be Spring,” “Redtop” and “Someday.”
Interspersed are four new songs featuring Bennett’s smooth and sexy blues side and enchanting upswing style complementing Lionel all the way. An innovative twist on standard “Bill Bailey” takes Hampton and Bennett into a delightfully different version. Lionel also shows you can teach an old dog new tricks as he grooves on a dance mix of “You Make My Heart Sing.” The jazz great also gets in his famous signature rapid two-finger piano playing in on a few numbers.
“There Will Never Be Another You” is the second album Hampton and Bennett recorded together. The first, “Sentimental Journey” on Atlantic Records was nominated for a Grammy.
This final work together is a tribute by Bennett to Hampton that showcases the beautiful blend of musical talents and a unique and cherished friendship. With the CD/DVD the world gets another glimpse of musical great Lionel Hampton. He should never be forgotten.