From Me to You: A Tribute to Lionel Hampton

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Terry Gibbs is the perfect vibraphonist to pay tribute to the man who brought the instrument to the jazz world: Lionel Hampton. No one possesses the irrepressible energy and bubbling spirits of the late Hampton, not to mention his infallible sense of swing and musical invention, but Gibbs is surely a worthy acolyte. Although the younger musician took on bop with more assurance than Hampton, Gibb -- a septuagenarian himself -- still has plenty of feeling for the swing era stylings that made “Gates” a legend. Gibbs revisits some of Hampton’s signature tunes, updating them with crisp rhythms and sparkling improvisation. He’s assisted in this heartfelt tribute by such ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Terry Gibbs is the perfect vibraphonist to pay tribute to the man who brought the instrument to the jazz world: Lionel Hampton. No one possesses the irrepressible energy and bubbling spirits of the late Hampton, not to mention his infallible sense of swing and musical invention, but Gibbs is surely a worthy acolyte. Although the younger musician took on bop with more assurance than Hampton, Gibb -- a septuagenarian himself -- still has plenty of feeling for the swing era stylings that made “Gates” a legend. Gibbs revisits some of Hampton’s signature tunes, updating them with crisp rhythms and sparkling improvisation. He’s assisted in this heartfelt tribute by such valuable L.A. players as saxophonist Pete Christlieb, drummer Jeff Hamilton, and two younger but equally enthusiastic musicians: guitarist Anthony Wilson and organist Joey DeFrancesco. Wisely shifting between ballads and breakneck excursions, From Me to You gives both a picture of Gibbs’s expertise and a panoramic view of Hampton’s art.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Early in his career, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs was encouraged by Lionel Hampton, who actually asked him to join his band though Hamp's wife, Gladys, nixed the deal. Many decades later, Gibbs pays tribute to Hampton on this enjoyable set. Using a band of Los Angeles musicians including tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, organist Joey DeFrancesco, guitarist Anthony Wilson, and pianist Mike Melvoin, Gibbs performs a variety of songs associated with Hampton, plus four basic originals that the older vibraphonist would have enjoyed jamming. Gibbs is more boppish than Hamp, but their styles are not that dissimilar and he was quite familiar with all of the Hampton standards. The musicians clearly had a fun time, with singer Barbara Morrison guesting on "Evil Gal Blues," Gibbs taking a few rare vocals, the vibist playing some two-fingered piano like Hampton on "Two-Finger Boogie Shuffle," and the band romping on "Flying Home" and "Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203101326
  • Catalog Number: 31013

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terry Gibbs Primary Artist, Vocals, Vibes
Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Dave Carpenter Bass
Joey DeFrancesco Organ
Mike Melvoin Piano
Barbara Morrison Vocals
Franz Pusch Percussion
Anthony Wilson Guitar
Technical Credits
Gene Ammons Composer
Terry Gibbs Arranger
Jimmy McGriff Composer
Fred Jacobs Authoring
Stix Hooper Producer
Chip Defaa Liner Notes
Franz Pusch Engineer
Herbert Waltl Mastering
Chip Deffaa Liner Notes
Stephen Marsh Mastering
Gretchen Carhartt Executive Producer
Ted White Mastering
Hamner Composer
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