Chico Hamilton Quintet
United Recording Studios, Hollywood: Early 1962
George Bohannon (tb); Charles Lloyd (ts); Gabor Szabo (g); Albert Stinson (b); Chico Hamilton (d).
same, except Charles Lloyd (f).
same, except Charles Lloyd (ts).
same, Charles Lloyd out.
same, add Charles Lloyd (ts).
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).