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Album Review

Octogenarian drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton decided to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of his album as a leader (a 10" disc for Pacific Jazz featuring guitarist Howard Roberts and bassist George Duvivier) by returning to a similar format with his current trio, guitarist Cary DeNigris and electric bassist Paul Ramsey, both of whom have worked with Hamilton for years. While only one song is reprised from the 1955 record (the late Jimmy Cheatham's "Nuttye"), the musicians come up with a number of memorable performances. Hamilton's mallet vamp on the tom-toms gives the standard "Autumn in New York" an exotic, somewhat ominous flavor. Hamilton's "Nod to Gabor" salutes his former guitarist of the 1960s, the flamboyant "Gabor Szabo." Hamilton introduces the intricate "Nuttye" alone, then the guitarists join him for this turbulent bop vehicle. While the timing of this EP CD is a little short at under 29 minutes (probably to simulate the length of the early 10" records), this release represents a jazz master who is still very much at the top of his game during his golden years.


Born: September 21, 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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It's About Time!, Chico Hamilton
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Latino
  • Released: Apr 29, 2008

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