Paul Chambers – Whims Of Chambers


Of the seven songs on this Blue Note CD reissue, four are more common than the other three because they contain solos by tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and have therefore been reissued more often. Actually there are quite a few solos in the all-star sextet (which includes the bassist-leader, Coltrane, trumpeter Donald Byrd, guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Horace Silver and drummer Philly Joe Jones) and all of the players get their chances to shine on this fairly spontaneous hard bop set. Coltrane’s two obscure compositions (“Nita” and “Just for the Love”) are among the more memorable tunes and are worth reviving. “Tale of the Fingers” features the quintet without Coltrane, the rhythm section stretches out on “Whims of Chambers” and “Tale of the Fingers” is a showcase for Chambers bowed bass. This is a fine effort and would be worth picking up by straightahead jazz fans even if John Coltrane had not participated.

Personnel: Paul Chambers (bass); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Horace Silver (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Philly Joe Jones (drums).


01. Omicron
02. Whims Of Chambers
03. Nita
04. We Six
05. Dear Ann
06. Tale Of The Fingers
07. Just For Love

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2 Responses to “Paul Chambers – Whims Of Chambers”

  1. Paco's brother says:

    Very good one.
    Always A stunning work of your part.

  2. Skobud says:

    This session is one that did not necessarily grab me at first, and Im not sure why. I think it may have been the intro to the first song, “Omicron”. Philly Joe’s intro could certainly keep drummers awake at night trying to figure out exactly what he is doing. This album features an absolute who’s who in Jazz in 1956. Every member of this all star cast is a star in their own right. All of them released albums under the watchful eyes of Rudy Van Gelder and Alfred Lion. It is also interesting in that they all seem to be given their own time to shine in different songs. None of them really outshine the star here though, Mr. PC himself. His arco playing and soloing combined with the mind boggling riff and solo during “Whims of Chambers” is worth the price alone. The speed at which Kenny Burrell plays with such ease is really something to hear. Every element is present and this one grows on you with every listen. Highly recommended early career stuff right here for every member of the sextet. RVG classic.

    I just recently stumbled across your blog, and I think it is easily one of the best Bop related blogs out there. Thanks.

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