Sunday, November 5, 2017

Lenny Hambro - Complete Sessions (1953-1957)

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.

Source :

Lenny Hambro
Complete Sessions
4 Lps On 2 Cds + Bonus Tracks


Cd. 1

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, VanHeusen)  5:19
16 Slave Girl (Legge)  5:01
17 Heat Wave (Berlin)  2:54
18 Message in Minor (Legge)  3:02
19 Imagination (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:45
20 Thanatopsis (Hambro)  2:57


Cd. 2

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 (VanHeusen, 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
a. Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)
b. What’s New ? (Burke, Haggart)
c. Laura (Raksin)
d. Until the Real Things Comes Along (Chaplin, Nichols, Cahn, Holiner, Freeman)
15 Bernie’s Tune (Miller)  3:22


[Cd. 1, # 1-4] from the 7-inch/45rpm EP "Lenny Hambro" (Savoy XP 8109)
LENNY HAMBRO QUINTET featuring Babs Gonzales
Lenny Hambro - as
Eddie Bert - tb
Hank Jones - p
Clyde Lombardi - b
Sid Bulkin - dr
Babs Gonzales - vcl [# 2 & 4]
Recorded at Hackensack, New Jersey ; September 22, 1953
[Cd. 1, # 5-9] from the 10-inch LP "Mambo Hambro" (Savoy MG-15031)
LENNY HAMBRO featuring Eddie Bert & the Machito’s Rhythm Section
Lenny Hambro - as
Eddie Bert - tb
René Hernández - p
Luis Barreto - b
José Mangual - bng
Mongo Santamaría - cng
Ubaldo Nieto - tmb
Recorded in New York ; April 13, 1954
[Cd. 1, # 10-20] from the 12-inch LP "Message from Hambro" (Columbia CL 757)
Lenny Hambro - as & fl [# 13, 15 & 19]
Wade Legge - p
Dick Garcia - g
Clyde Lombardi - b
Mel Zelnick - dr
Recorded in New York ; June 20 & 27 ; & July 25 & 26, 1955
[Cd. 2, # 1-12] from the 12-inch LP "The Nature of Things" (Epic LN 3361)
Lenny Hambro - as
Eddie Costa - p & vb
Sal Salvador - g
Clyde Lombardi - b
Harold Granowsky - dr
Recorded in New York ; May 9 & 10, 1956
Lenny Hambro - as
Eddie Costa - p
Barry Galbraith - g
Arnold Fishkin - b
Gus Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York ; December 17, 1956
[Cd. 2, # 13-15] from the 10-inch LP "American Jazz Group" (Muza L0203b)
Lenny Hambro - as
Jim Fleming - tb
Ralph Martin - p
Ronnie Craig - g
Jim Thorpe - b
Miroslaw Ufnalewski - dr
Recorded live in Warsaw, Poland ; April 2, 1957


zoot said...

many thanks as ever mel

Larry said...

Thank You!!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks!

blbs said...

Yes! Thank you!

deGallo said...

Absolutely marvelous!! Thank you.

neil said...

Got a couple of albums from 1955-56, so there's loads of stuff here new to me; many thanks, mel...

danair said...

Thanks Mel nice to have this one,really appreciated.

tdelyon said...

Many thanks, Mel :)

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks a lot pal.

zero said...

Like Neil, I'm missing some of this material. Thanks for the nifty post.

rowgatien said...

Thanks man!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

DEEP said...


Anonymous said...

Fabulous!Thank you MM!

jm said...

Brand new to me. Very eager to listen at calm moment; eager, too, giving the world, for such a calm moment itself! THANK YOU!

francisco santos said...


Anonymous said...

... and the three last trax were recorded live, in Warsaw, Poland, with Mirek Ufnalewski on drums! Sixty years ago! Thank you Dear MM!

adakun said...

Magistral, muchas gracias Mel.

Carlos Tibau said...

Many thanks

Kovina Kris said...

I have nothing by Lenny Hambro as a leader so I'm real happy to get this. Thank you!

Melanchthon said...

TEBOUL René said...

Excellent !!
Many thanks

DEEP said...