Lionel Hampton - For the Love of Music (MoJazz Records): Hampton is a legend in not just the history of vibes, but in jazz itself. (He played in a concert my father went to before he went off to the second world war.) The greats and the new talent rushed to be a part of the album. Among them: Norman Brown on guitar; Ron Carter on bass; Stevie Wonder on harmonica; Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, and Grover Washington, Jr., on sax; Wallace Roney on trumpet. Vocals by Chaka Khan and my favorite, Diane Reeves. It's great jazz, including ''Take the A Train,'' ''Sweet Lorraine,'' ''Time after Time,'' and Hampton's own Flying Home.''
- Jeff Danziger
Glenn Branca - Symphony No. 9 (''L'eve future'') and ''Freeform'' (Point): Nobody who heard the gargantuan ''standing wave'' cacophonies of early Glenn Branca works like ''The Ascension'' and his first symphonies (composed for armies of electric guitars and thundering percussion) would have predicted the nuanced progressions of his ninth symphony: It is considerably less powerful but oddly graceful in its conception and haunting in its effect. Christian von Borries and the Polish Radio National Symphony perform it here with admirable assurance, assisted by the Camerata Silesia Singers Ensemble.
- David Sterritt
Kenny Chesney - All I Need to Know (BNA): This is one of Nashville's brighter up-and-coming, young vocalists and songwriters, reflecting both traditional (Haggard, Jones) and rock (Charlie Daniels) influences in his delivery and choice of material. Capable of handling emotional ballads (the title song) as well as roaring honky tonk (''Bigger the Fool'') with a voice that is distinctive and memorable, Chesney, who also co-wrote four of the songs, delivers a tightly crafted album of solid country music.
- Frank Scheck