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6th Avenue Romp

Chico Hamilton

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The third of four releases in Chico Hamilton's astonishing burst of creativity in his 85th year is just about as fresh and open-minded as the previous two, while weighted more toward R&B territory. The concept is supposed to be a celebration of Los Angeles in the 1960s (and '70s), mostly of the soul scene, with some detours into the band books of Duke Ellington ("Take the 'A' Train," with trumpeter Jon Faddis on hand) and Count Basie ("Topsy"). Actually "Topsy" qualifies as an era-straddler, stamped equally by Basie's big band and Cozy Cole's rock & roll treatments — and Hamilton's take is relatively straight-ahead, and mostly a showcase for guitarist Cary DeNigris. You cannot mistake the distinctive sound and feel of Hamilton's assortment of grooves as he kicks the fatback funk on "Chicken Pox" and "Cleo's Back," swings relentlessly on the "Route 66"-flavored "Thunderwalk," churns out a truckin' shuffle beat in the reprise of "Ain't No Sunshine," and eventually brings in the distinctive Hamilton bossa groove on Stevie Wonder's "I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)." As in the previous two 2006 albums, Juniflip and Believe, Hamilton saves his most progressive thrust for last. With an accordion setting the riff, "I'm Still Thirsty" sounds like a propulsive marriage of electronica, zydeco and fast bossa nova. Yet the track bears his character; essentially, 6th Avenue Romp is an update and expansion of the kinds of grooves that he was knocking out in the '60s. Although sometimes the album tends to drift into loose, aimless jamming, the overall vitality of this CD, like that of its companions, is an inspiration to all of us — including octogenarians. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Biography

Born: 21 September 1921 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Chico Hamilton, a subtle and creative drummer, will probably always be remembered for the series of quintets that he led during 1955-1965 and for his ability as a talent scout than for his fine drumming. Hamilton first played drums while in high school with the many fine young players (including Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, and Charles Mingus) who were in Los Angeles at the time. He made his recording debut with Slim Gaillard, was house drummer at Billy Berg's, toured with Lionel Hampton, and...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 2006

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