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In Brief

July 31, 1994|LEONARD FEATHER

* * * Lionel Hampton, "You Better Know It!" Impulse! This 1964 quintet date offered Hampton as artist (on vibes) and entertainer (five innocuous vocals, on one of which he also plays two-finger piano). Much strength is added by the presence of the late, impeccable Ben Webster on tenor sax ("Cute," "Ring Dem Bells") and the one-of-a-kind trumpet of Clark Terry. Among the best cuts are two tunes by Manny Albam--"Trick or Treat" and "Moon Over My Annie."

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