Saturday, January 30, 2016

Chico Hamilton - Transfusion

The first four CDs released by Studio West, a subsidiary of V.S.O.P., are all taken from concise (around three minutes apiece) performances that were made to be used as part of the radio show "The Navy Swings." This particular release features performances by one of drummer Chico Hamilton's most stimulating groups, a quintet comprised of Charles Lloyd (on tenor, flute and alto), guitarist Gabor Szabo, trombonist George Bohanon, bassist Albert Stinson and the drummer/leader. Because the individual selections are briefer than usual, in many cases only one soloist is featured on each cut. But overall, there is plenty of solo space for Lloyd (very much playing in a Coltrane vein), Bohanon and Szabo. The mixture of seven standards with nine Lloyd originals works quite well with plenty of variety in moods and tempoes. An excellent all-around showcase for this much underrated but very timeless unit.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Chico Hamilton


1 Transfusion (Lloyd)  2:10
2 My Shining Hour (Arlen, Mercer)  1:54
3 The Second Time Around (Cahn, Van Heusen)  3:08
4 Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  2:16
5 Witchcraft (Coleman, Leigh)  2:56
6 Homeward (Lloyd)  3:46
7 A Rose for Booker (Lloyd)  3:21
8 Vulture (Lloyd)  2:37
9 It Never Entered My Mind (Hart, Rodgers)  2:50
10 Sun Yen Sen (Lloyd)  2:24
11 Speak Low (Nash, Weill)  2:30
12 One for Joan (Lloyd)  3:33
13 C.L. Blues (Lloyd)  2:31
14 Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)  1:36
15 Tales (Lloyd)  3:00
16 Transfusion (Lloyd)  3:35


Charles Lloyd - ts, as & fl
Gabor Szabo - g
George Bohanon - tb
Albert Stinson - b
Chico Hamilton - d

Recorded at United Recording Studios, Hollywood, California ; 1962


cheeba said...

Sweet! Added a link here on my Chico discog as well. Thanks Mel!

moha said...

very interesting to compare the recordings on this "Navy Swings" and on e.g. "Drumfusion" or on "Passin' Thru" or on "Different Journey" - a year later -

Thank You Mel!!

jazzfriend said...

Gracias por la subida Mel.

Saludos desde Chile.

Gran Blog.

Philo said...

Chico Hamilton - Transfusion (1962)

Interesting that they recorded this in mono in 1962. I guess since these tracks were intended for radio, mono was all they needed.

grumpy said...

Many thanks, never heard this before!
I must admit I'm now curious - this is one of four recordings intended for Navy Dept. broadcast. The Shorty Rogers I've put in 'contributions' is another, what are the other two?

Orbyt said...

Mel, thank you very much for the upgrade. Funny to read Chico's interviews lately-he can't even bring himself to mention Lloyd's name, but can't say enough about how much he respected Gabor and Dolphy.

Appreciate all your Chico related posts. Thanks again.

Kovina Kris said...

This one looks great too and since it's got Szabo I really can't wait to hear it. Thank you!

FrankDell said...

Can never get enough Gabor. Thank you, Mel.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Mel - late to the party but pleased to see some treats left.


deGallo said...

Thank you. Very nice!

Pernath said...

Thumbs up for Chico, Thanks Mel!

wcpaeb said...

I didn't know about this release it looks great, any chance for a re-up since the files have been deleted?

wcpaeb said...

Never mind about the re-up I got this.

Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

Merci Mel. Tu devrais te présenter aux primaires. Plein de gens voteraient pour toi.

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kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You