Lionel Hampton / Sylvia Bennett

There Will Never Be Another You

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In 1987, veteran vibraphonist Lionel Hampton recorded one of his last albums. Sentimental Journey mostly put the spotlight on singer Sylvia Bennett, a vocalist whose style falls between cabaret and swing and is pleasant if safe. In 2006, a slightly later collaboration from 1989 between the pair was released. There Will Never Be Another You has Hampton in excellent form with an unidentified big band (the lack of personnel information is inexcusable) on six instrumentals which alternate with seven Bennett vocals. The second version of "You Make My Heart Sing" is a disco remix. Otherwise the music swings but is uneventful, being pleasing if predictable. An accompanying DVD has a half-hour documentary about the background of the CD and the Hampton-Bennett musical partnership.

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