Starring Al Hibbler/Here's Hibbler!

Starring Al Hibbler/Here's Hibbler!

by Al HibblerAl Hibbler


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Although Al Hibbler collaborated over the years with such brilliant musical minds as Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Gerald Wilson, Harry Carney, Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, his work with the Jack Pleis orchestra also may serve as a perfect introduction to this remarkable vocalist. Hibbler's highly developed dramatic sensibilities are especially well suited to the often caricature-like arrangements used by Pleis on the 1956 album Starring Al Hibbler. The bright brass and gutsy sax on their famous rendition of "After the Lights Go Down Low" and the Hollywood daydream quality of "Pennies from Heaven" showcase Hibbler at his very finest. Speaking of Tinseltown: the real gem in this part of the package is Hib's bracingly masculine interpretation of "Shanghai Lil," a marvelous relic from Busby Berkeley's Footlight Parade (1933) that inadvertently conjures the spirits of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Humphrey Bogart. Even those who aren't nettled by the strings used throughout Starring Al Hibbler might lightly resent the mixed choir used on half of the tracks from his 1957 album Here's Hibbler which also has its share of keening violins. The wordless vocal accompaniment behind his passionate reading of "Trees" is no problem, but the insistently repetitive background interjections on "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" are somewhat intrusive. They are reminiscent of and yet not so difficult to take as the shrill voices of the Artie Malvin singers who were used on Jimmy Dorsey's final recording session in 1957. This sort of production was peculiarly popular during the mid- to late-'50s, but so were Eisenhower, Benzedrine and Patti Page. In any case, the best track from Here's Hibbler (and one of this singer's all-time greatest recordings) is undoubtedly his theatrical realization of "Slow Boat to China," a majestic Technicolor fantasy bristling with trombones, trumpets and cymbals. It is an immaculately exaggerated performance of nearly superhuman dimensions.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/1996
Label: Jasmine Music
UPC: 0604988060522
catalogNumber: 605
Rank: 108757


  1. After the Lights Go Down Low
  2. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
  3. You'll Never Know
  4. Night and Day
  5. Pennies from Heaven
  6. Shanghai Lil
  7. Stella by Starlight
  8. September in the Rain
  9. Where You Are
  10. Count Every Star
  11. There Are Such Things
  12. Where or When
  13. Trees
  14. Sweet Slumber
  15. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
  16. The Very Thought of You
  17. On a Slow Boat to China
  18. Because of You
  19. What Would People Say
  20. Just a Kid Named Joe
  21. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
  22. I'll Get Along Somehow
  23. It's Been a Long, Long Time
  24. The Town Crier

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hibbler   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bing Crosby   Composer
Lucky Millinder   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Alan White   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Leroy Lovett   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Jack Pleis   Orchestra Director
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Mort Goode   Liner Notes
Ren Grevatt   Liner Notes
Henri Woode   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Abel Baer   Composer
George W. Meyer   Composer
Joyce Kilmer   Composer
Oscar Rasbach   Composer

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