Complete Sessions 1953-1957 (4 LP on 2 CD) + Bonus Tracks
  • Savoy XP 8109
    Savoy XP 8109
  • Savoy MG-15031
    Savoy MG-15031
  • Columbia CL 757
    Columbia CL 757
  • Epic LN 3361
    Epic LN 3361
  • Muza L0203b
    Muza L0203b
  • Lenny Hambro
    Lenny Hambro

Lenny Hambro

Complete Sessions 1953-1957 (4 LP on 2 CD) + Bonus Tracks

Fresh Sound Records

Lenny Hambro (as, fl), Eddie Bert (tb), Hank Jones, René Hernández, Wade Legge (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Sal Salvador, Dick Garcia (g), Clyde Lombardi, Luis Barreto (b), Sid Bulkin, Gus Johnson (d), José Mangual, Mongo Santamaria (perc), Babs Gonzales (vcl)

Reference: FSRCD 857

Bar code: 8427328608572


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, McKinleys band gave him the chance to record with many groups, including Machitos 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 McKinleys Glenn Miller Band in 1957, where he was manager, featured soloist, and leader of his own quintet within the band.

CD 1
01. Sad Eyes (Lenny Hambro) 2:48
02. Try a Little Tenderness (Woods-Campbell-Connelly) 3:34
03. Ham Nose (Lenny Hambro) 2:50
04. Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson-Kahn) 2:33
05. Feeding the Chickens (Lenny Hambro) 2:39
06. Mucho Pompero (Lenny Hambro) 2:40
07. Mambo Barbarita (Lenny Hambro) 2:39
08. Si You Later (Lenny Hambro) 2:31
09. Linda Luna (Lenny Hambro) 2:33
10. I Get a Kick Out of You (Cole Porter) 2:54
11. The Lonely One (Heller-Hambro) 3:26
12. Moon Slippers (Wade Legge) 3:00
13. Hoof Beats (Wade Legge) 2:20
14. Easy to Love (Cole Porter) 2:54
15. Moonlight Become You (Burke-Van Heusen) 5:19
16. Slave Girl (Wade Legge) 5:01
17. Heat Wave (Irving Berlin) 2:54
18. Message in Minor (Wade Legge) 3:02
19. Imagination (Burke-Van Heusen) 3:45
20. Thanatopsis (Lenny Hambro) 2:57

CD 2
01. Comin' Thru (Lenny Hambro) 3:23
02. I Love You Much Too Much (Raye-Towber-Olshanetsky) 3:54
03. Ain't She Sweet? (Yellen-Ager) 3:01
04. Like Someone In Love (Van Heusen-Burke) 3:27
05. I Married an Angel (Rodgers-Hart) 3:41
06. My Future Just Passed (Whiting-Marion Jr.) 3:13
07. Blue Light (Lenny Hambro) 3:18
08. Sweet Sue, Just You (Young-Harris) 4:38
09. 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 (Lenny Hambro) 3:30
13. Jumping in the Rain (A.k.a. Jumpin' with Symphony Sid) (Lester Young) 3:18
14. Medley 8:06
-Body and Soul (Green-Heyman-Sour-Eyton)
-What's New? (Burke-Haggart)
-Laura (David Raksin)
-Until the Real Things Comes Along (Chaplin-Nichols-Cahn-Holiner-Freeman)
15. Bernie's Tune (Bernie Miller) 3:22

Album details

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 1:
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 Machitos 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, 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, alto sax; Eddie Costa, piano & vibes; Sal Salvador, guitar; Clyde Lombardi, bass; Harold Granowsky, drums.
Recorded in New York, May 9 & 10, 1956

Tracks #8-12:
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, 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 the Polskie Nagrania (CD-2 #13-15)
Compiled for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"Jordi Pujols Fresh Sound label is one of the leading European record companies in repackaging and reissuing jazz sessions from the 1950s and 60s. One of the joys of exploring Fresh Sounds vast catalog is discovering talents who are long forgotten. Lenny Hambro was an excellent altoist (equally influenced by Johnny Hodges and Charlie Parker) and flutist. In his career he had important associations with Gene Krupa, Chico OFarrill, Machito and the Glenn Miller Orchestra (when it was led by Ray McKinley). While he appeared on many sessions as a studio musician, all of Hambros dates as a leader are on the two-CD set Lenny Hambro Quintet. Dating from 1953-57, Hambro is teamed with trombonist Eddie Bert in a quintet also featuring singer Babs Gonzalez, matched with Bert and Machitos rhythm section, heads quintets with either Wade Legge or Eddie Costa on piano and sometimes guitarist Sal Salvador, and is featured with a sextet drawn from the Miller Orchestra for a live miniset from Poland. Lenny Hambro plays beautifully throughout this definitive reissue."

Scott Yanow (October, 2015)
-Los Angeles Jazz Scene

"Heard here in music culled from a wide variety of sources including 10- and 12-inch LPs, 45s and such, Hambro seems to have been recorded more frequently than many of us recall. He plays throughout with a sweet, clean tone that was so pure that Ellington always sought him as first-choice lead alto in Johnny Hodgess absence. The style is a mix of Benny Carter and Hodges with the strongest influence being Charlie Parker. Hambro was also a consummate swinger, seemingly never happier than when in a combo with Eddie Costa and Gus Johnson, which he is on five tracks here. His flute sound was also pure, similar to the classical style.

The first four tracks here feature a hard-swinging unit with Eddie Bert on trombone and Hank Jones at the piano and on two of them Babs Gonzales demonstrates his bouncy bop, scat vocalising effectively. A bit off the mainstream certainly, Gonzales was one of the first to put bop and scat together and come up with some crazy modernist sounds. Like all Fresh Sound CDs this two-CD set offers good value on a strong cross section of Hambros small group music. Most of it is here and only his big-band contributions are missing. Perhaps the material for a future Fresh Sound venture?"

-Derek Ansell (July, 2015)

"I play the tenor sax, and the reason I never attempted playing the alto sax is because I realized Id never sound like Johnny Hodges, since no other alto player seemed able to accomplish the feat. Most alto players get to bright and blare out their notes. Even Charlie Parker admitted to sacrificing his tone quality for creative chops.

Well, up comes this guy Lenny Hambro (1923-1995) who made his career with Gene Krupa, Billy Butterfield and Ray McKinleys band before touring regularly with a Glenn Miller Tribute Band. Somewhere along the line, he lead and cut a handful of small group sessions that are simply astounding. Hes got the bebop bug of Bird, and as far as his tone quality-to give you a hint, Duke Ellington had Hambro as his on call replacement for Hodges. Convinced yet?

The first disc starts off with a hint of bebop heaven as Babs Gonzales does some jive on Sad Eyes and Ham Nose while Hambro mixes the lilt of Hodges with the kineticism of Parker. A handful of session with the famed Machitos Rhythm section sends you dancing on the tables with Mucho Pompero, Mambo Barbarita and a wonderful Si You Later. The two albums of his own, Message From Hambro and The Nature of Things include Wade Legge/p and Eddie Costa/p respectively and are episodes of saxophone delight. He sighs like a diva on I Get A Kick Out of You and Easy to Love while skates across the stage like Fred Astaire on Sweet Sue, Just You and Comin Thru. A trio of tunes from a Polish gig has him bopping like Lester Young on Jumping in the Rain and Bernies Tune. The only question youre going to ask by the time this is over is Is this all? Cherish what youve got, my friend. Maybe something else will pop up. Maybe not now, maybe not tomorrow, but someday. Heres looking at you, kid."

George W. Harris (September 24, 2015)


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