Personnel: Milt Hinton (vocals, bass); Danny Barker (vocals, guitar);
Bob Wilber (saxophone, clarinet); Zoot Sims, Flip Phillips (saxophone); Ruby Braff (cornet); Kenny Davern (clarinet); Joe Venuti (violin); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Hank Jones, John Bunch, Dick Hyman, Jay McShann, Derek Smith, Ralph Sutton (piano); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Dottie Dodgion, Gus Johnson, Cliff Leeman, Ray Mosca, Bobby Rosegarden (drums).
Producers: Hank O'Neal, Andrew Sordorni.
Compilation producer: David G. Berger.
Principally recorded in New York, New York and Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey between 1973 and 1995. Includes liner notes by David Berger and Jay Leonhart.
Digitally remastered by Jon Bates (Mix Masters).
Personnel: Milt Hinton (vocals); Danny Barker (vocals, guitar); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Joe Venuti (violin); Bob Wilber (clarinet, saxophone, soprano saxophone); Kenny Davern (clarinet); Flip Phillips (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Ruby Braff (cornet); Derek Smith , Dick Hyman, Jay McShann, John Bunch, Ralph Sutton (piano); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Dottie Dodgion, Gus Johnson , Ray Mosca, Bobby Rosengarden , Cliff Leeman (drums).
Liner Note Authors: David Berger ; Jay Leonhart.
Recording information: Downtown Sound (1973-1995); Downtown Sound Remote (1973-1995); Englewood Cliffs, NJ (1973-1995); New York, NY (1973-1995); Van Gelder Recording Studio (1973-1995).
Photographer: Rollo Phlecks.
The great bassist Milt Hinton recorded fairly frequently for the Chiaroscuro label during 1973-1979 and 1989-1995. Shortly after his death in late 2000, this sampling of his Chiaroscuro work was compiled, featuring 17 selections from his two periods with the label plus a previously unissued solo bass performance of "Joshua." Hinton, who made an enormous number of recordings during his very productive career, is heard with many of his favorite musical friends, including Ruby Braff, Kenny Davern, Bob Wilber, Flip Phillips, Joe Venuti, and Danny Barker. Though Hinton is mostly in the forefront, many other musicians have their spots with the music, ranging from Dixieland-flavored to small-group swing and boppish moments. Among the highlights are the humorous "Milt's Rap," "Old Man Time," "Shine" (with Joe Venuti), "Rosetta" (with both Jay McShann and Ralph Sutton on pianos), and "Jumping at the Woodside" (featuring the hard-swinging Flip Phillips). ~ Scott Yanow