Cookin' in the Kitchen ()

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  1. Invincible
  2. Sweet Tooth
  3. Cookin' in the Kitchen
  4. Blues Up & Down
  5. Centrifugal Force
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  1. Invincible
  2. Sweet Tooth
  3. Cookin' in the Kitchen
  4. Blues Up & Down
  5. Centrifugal Force
  6. Two Brothers
  7. Inner Urge
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The veteran vibraphonist Lionel Hampton (then 79) leads his young big band through recent originals; only Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge" and the Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt line "Blues Up & Down" were more than a few years old at the time and, to his credit, Hampton avoids his usual repertoire. The music is often funky and played with spirit although the orchestra occasionally sounds like a somewhat anonymous stage band that had not fully developed its own individual personality yet. Jerry Weldon and Doug Miller have a good tenor ...