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Juniflip

Chico Hamilton

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On Juniflip, one of four new releases by Chico Hamilton in 2006 for his Joyous Shout! label, the veteran drummer is hardly resting on his laurels or simply rehashing old favorites. Mixing it up with seasoned musicians like trombonists Jimmy Cleveland and George Bohanon, along with some talented, much younger multi-reed players such as Karolina Strassmayer, Evan Schwam, and Andrew Hardo, Hamilton signals that he still has a lot to contribute to the world of jazz, with guitarist Cary DeNigris, fender bassist Paul Ramsey, and percussionist Jeremy Carlstedt providing great support alongside the leader. Vocalist Bill Henderson is added for the wild treatment of the oldie "Ain't She Sweet," which finds him scatting a bit over a sassy, street-wise funk rhythm. He also appears on the swing favorite "Don't Be That Way," beginning as a warm duet with DeNigris before it transforms into a forceful bossa nova as the band makes its entrance. Arthur Lee, of the psychedelic rock band Love, adds a swinging vocal in a driving take of Mary Lou Williams' terrific blues "What's Your Story Morning Glory." Retirement is clearly not in the picture for NEA jazz master Chico Hamilton, especially when he continues to produce such exciting and enduring music.

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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