Silver Vibes

by: Lionel Hampton

Lionel Hampton sticks primarily to standards on each of the three studio sessions that make up Silver Vibes, a Columbia LP taped in 1960. Although a number of prominent musicians are present, the focus is almost exclusively on the leader in each of the ten brief arrangements. Pianist Tommy Flanagan contributed the lush treatment of "Skylark," with the vibraphonist backed by a trombone choir consisting of Eddie Bert, Bobby Byrne, Dick Hixson, Santo Russo, and three additional charts. Teo Macero, better known for his work as a producer, wrote the remaining six arrangements, including a moving "My Foolish Heart." The various rhythm sections include George Duvivier, Osie Johnson, Skeeter Best, and Billy Mackel, with a young Elvin Jones making an appearance on "Blue Moon." The only defect of this album is the incorrect listing of the names of several musicians. While this record may be a bit low-key for fans of the usually exuberant Hampton, it is still very enjoyable. ~ Ken Dryden

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