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Lenny Hambro: The Nature of Things

Album Notes

Recorded in 1956. Originally released on Epic (3361). Includes liner notes by Leonard Faether

Cut in 1956, The Nature of Things wound up as Lenny Hambro's last session as a leader for Columbia, and it was a fine way to go out -- a light, swinging affair that could be called cool if it wasn't so squarely in the middle of the road. And that's not a bad thing. Thanks to Hambro's sweet alto tone and light touch, the music is engagingly laid-back -- perfect for setting a breezy mood or relaxation. Though Hambro and his supporting groups -- one featuring guitarist Sal Salvador, bassist Clyde Lombardi, and drummer Harold Granowsky; the other featuring Barry Galbraith, bassist Arnold Fishkin and drummer Gus Johnson Jr.; pianist Eddie Costa is constant throughout -- are nimble players, this isn't an album to be listened to intently, it's a record to lay back and enjoy. It's period music, but in the good sense. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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