This sensational re-edition contains all of the studio recordings made for the Pacific jazz label by the original Chico Hamiltons outstanding quintet featuring Buddy Collette on flute, clarinet and alto and tenor saxes, Jim Hall on guitar, Fred Katz on cello and Carson Smith on bass.
In addition, this release also contains, as bonus tracks, the quintets first live session, recorded at The Strollers club only a few weeks after the quintets formation, and a sensational drums solo performed by Hamilton during a concert at the Stockton High School with Gerry Mulligans Quartet featuring Jon Eardley on trumpet and Red Mitchell on bass.
The tunes from these sessions include some great standards such as My Funny Valentine, I Want to be Happy, Stella by Starlight . . . and two immortal originals A Nice Day by Buddy Collette, and A Bark for Barksdale by Gerry Mulligan.
1. A nice day
2. My funny Valentine
3. Blue sands
4. The sage
5. The morning after
8. The wind
9. Gone lover (When your lover has gone)
10. The ghost
11. I want to be happy (bonus track)
12. Spectacular (bonus track)
13. Free form (bonus track)
14. Walking Carson blues (bonus track)
15. Buddy Boo (bonus track)
16. Stella by Starlight (bonus track)
17. A bark for Barksdale (bonus track)
Total time: 73:53 min