Lenny Hambro – Complete Sessions 1953-1957 – 2CD
Influenced in part by Charlie Parker, but a spiritual kin to Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter in particular, New Yorker Lenny Hambro (1923-1995), was an alto saxophonist, flutist and clarinet player. He joined Gene Krupa’s band at 17 until he was drafted in 1943, and rejoined him after he was discharged. He also played with the bands of Billy Butterfield and Bobby Byrne. In 1951, after a stint with Pupi Campos’ Latin band, he joined Ray McKinley, doubling on all the reeds. Working out of New York, McKinley’s band gave him the chance to record with many groups, including Machito’s rhythm section, for the Savoy label.
Forming his own band with pianist Wade Legge in April 1955, he recorded two quintet albums, “Message from Hambro” (1955) for Columbia and the excellent “The Nature of Things” (1956), featuring a fresh, vibrant Eddie Costa on piano, for its subsidiary, Epic.
The last three tracks of this set were recorded in Warsaw, while he was touring Eastern Europe with Ray McKinley’s Glenn Miller Band in 1957, where he was manager, featured soloist, and leader of his own quintet within the band.
Perhaps the most telling accolade for this hugely capable player came from Ellington –whenever Hodges was unavailable, Hambro was Duke’s first choice to replace him as lead.
1. Sad Eyes (Hambro) - 2:48 2. Try a Little Tenderness (Woods-Campbell-Connelly) - 3:34 3. Ham Nose (Hambro) -2:50 4. Makin’ Whoopee (Donaldson-Kahn) -2:33 5. Feeding the Chickens (Hambro) - 2:39 6. Mucho Pompero (Hambro) - 2:40 7. Mambo Barbarita (Hambro) - 2:39 8. Si’ You Later (Hambro) - 2:31 9. Linda Luna (Hambro) - 2:33 10. I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter) - 2:54 11. The Lonely One (Heller-Hambro) - 3:26 12. Moon Slippers (Legge) - 3:00 13. Hoof Beats (Legge) - 2:20 14. Easy to Love (Porter) - 2:54 15. Moonlight Become You (Burke-Van Heusen) - 5:19 16. Slave Girl (Legge) - 5:01 17. Heat Wave (Berlin) - 2:54 18. Message in Minor (Legge) - 3:02 19. Imagination (Burke-Van Heusen) - 3:45 20. Thanatopsis (Hambro) - 2:57
1. Comin’ Thru (Hambro) - 3:23 2. I Love You Much Too Much (Raye-Towber-Olshanetsky) - 3:54 3. Ain’t She Sweet? (Yellen-Ager) - 3:01 4. Like Someone In Love (Van Heusen-Burke) - 3:27 5. I Married an Angel (Rodgers-Hart) - 3:41 6. My Future Just Passed (Whiting-Marion Jr.) - 3:13 7. Blue Light (Hambro) - 3:18 8. Sweet Sue, Just You (Young-Harris) - 4:38 9. Love Letters (Young-Heyman) - 4:36 10. A Ghost of a Chance (Young-Crosby-Washington) - 4:17 11. My Foolish Heart (Young-Washington) - 3:23 12. Liberation for Celebration (Hambro) - 3:30 13. Jumping in the Rain (A.k.a. Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid) (Young) - 3:18 14. Medley - 8:06 -Body and Soul (Green-Heyman-Sour-Eyton) -What’s New? (Burke-Haggart) -Laura (Raksin) -Until the Real Things Comes Along (Chaplin-Nichols-Cahn-Holiner-Freeman) 15. Bernie’s Tune (Miller) - 3:22
Sources CD 1:
Tracks #1-4, from the 7-inch/45rpm EP "Lenny Hambro" (Savoy XP 8109)
Tracks #5-9, from the 10-inch LP "Mambo Hambro" (Savoy MG-15031)
Tracks #9-20, from the 12-inch LP "Message from Hambro" (Columbia CL 757)
Sources CD 2:
Tracks #1-12, from the 12-inch LP "The Nature of Things" (Epic LN 3361)
Tracks#13-15, from the 10-inch LP "American Jazz Group" (Muza L0203b)
Personnel on CD 1
Tracks #1-4: LENNY HAMBRO QUINTET featuring Babs Gonzales
Lenny Hambro, alto sax; Eddie Bert, trombone; Hank Jones, piano; Clyde Lombardi, bass; Sid Bulkin, drums; Babs Gonzales, vocals (#2 & 4)
Recorded at Hackensack, NJ, Sept. 22, 1953
Tracks #5-9: LENNY HAMBRO featuring Eddie Bert and the Machito’s Rhythm Section
Lenny Hambro, alto sax; Eddie Bert, trombone; René Hernández, piano; Luis Barreto, bass; José Mangual, bongos; Mongo Santamaría, congas; Ubaldo Nieto, timbales.
Recorded in New York, April 13, 1954
Tracks #10-20: LENNY HAMBRO QUINTET
Lenny Hambro, alto sax & flute (#13, 15 & 19); Wade Legge, piano; Dick Garcia, guitar; Clyde Lombardi, bass; Mel Zelnick, drums.
New York, June 20 & 27, July 25 & 26, 1955
Personnel on CD 2
Tracks #1-7: LENNY HAMBRO QUINTET
Lenny Hambro, alto sax; Eddie Costa, piano & vibes; Sal Salvador, guitar; Clyde Lombardi, bass; Harold Granowsky, drums.
Recorded in New York, May 9 & 10, 1956
Lenny Hambro, alto sax; Eddie Costa, piano; Barry Galbraith, guitar; Arnold Fishkin, bass; Gus Johnson, drums.
Recorded in New York, December 17, 1956
Tracks #13-15: LENNY HAMBRO QUINTET
Lenny Hambro, alto sax; Jim Fleming, trombone; Ralph Martin, piano; Ronnie Craig, guitar; Jim Thorpe, bass; Miroslaw Ufnalewski, drums.
Recorded in Warsaw, Poland, April 2, 1957
Original recordings produced by Ozzie Cadena (CD-1 #1-9), George Avakian (CD-1 #10-20; and CD-2 #1-12); and by the Polskie Nagrania (CD-2 #13-15)
Compiled for CD release by Jordi Pujol