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TRANSFUSION
Chico Hamilton Quintet
United Recording Studios, Hollywood: Early 1962

George Bohannon (tb); Charles Lloyd (ts); Gabor Szabo (g); Albert Stinson (b); Chico Hamilton (d).

a. Transfusion (Charles Lloyd) - 2:07
b. My Shining Hour (Harold Arlen) - 1:50
c. The Second Time Around
    
(J. Van Heusen/S. Cahn) - 3:10
d. Come Rain or Come Shine (Harold Arlen) - 2:12
e. Witchcraft (Coleman/Lee) - 2:53
f. Homeward (Charles Lloyd) - 3:44

same, except Charles Lloyd (f).

g. A Rose for Booker (Charles Lloyd) - 3:17

same, except Charles Lloyd (ts).

h. Vulture (Charles Lloyd) - 2:32
i. It Never Entered My Mind (Rodgers/Hart) - 2:46
j. Sun Yen Sen (sic - Freedom Traveler (Part I -
     Prayer)
) (Charles Lloyd) - 2:21
k. Speak Low (Weill/Nash) - 2:27
l. One for Joan (Charles Lloyd) - 3:29
m. C.L. Blues (Charles Lloyd) - 2:27

same, Charles Lloyd out.

n. Stella by Starlight (Washington/Young) - 1:32

same, add Charles Lloyd (ts).

o. Tales (Charles Lloyd) - 2:56
p. Transfusion (Charles Lloyd) - 3:40

Issues: a-p on Studio West 102 [CD] (issued 1990).
Producer: Vil Vohler. 
Engineer: Not Listed
Notes: Jeffrey Andrew Caddick.


First released in 1990 on CD, this recording is one of a series of recordings made for the "Navy Swings" radio program. Each studio-recorded title here is unusually brief, offering only the theme and often only one compact solo. While the session allows much more room than usual for George Bohannon's playing, only "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Stella by Starlight" prominently feature Szabo. Overall, TRANSFUSION is a prime example of an excellent working band which had quickly established a first-rate book of tunes (Lloyd's meaty originals sprinkled with several standards) and a clearly singular identity. This above-average session, however, does not provide space enough for the five members of this aggregate to truly explore the intricacies of each tune in their own creative way (an asset of this group that is rarely discussed).

 

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