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Album Review

After a long career that included a partnership in the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and a stretch as the drummer for the Ray Brown Trio, Jeff Hamilton finally decided to become a leader himself. This live recording from 1996 features two other talented musicians, pianist Larry Fuller and bassist Lynn Seaton; the music ranges from old standards played with new twists to bop classics. Hamilton's crisp brushwork complements Fuller's piano (at times reminiscent of Oscar Peterson) in "But Not for Me," while the addition of a repetitive vamp sets the stage for a delicious take of "Yesterdays." The core of this CD includes a strutting take of Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing," which begins with Hamilton's driving solo powering the parade, a snappy run through "52nd Street Theme," and an understated "Well, You Needn't," where the baton is repeatedly passed among the members of the trio. Hamilton also displays his skills on the skins with a brilliant solo performance of "A Night in Tunisia." Warmly recommended.

Biography

Born: August 4, 1953 in Richmond, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A reliable and versatile drummer who sounds equally at home with a big band or combo, Jeff Hamilton has a strong reputation in the jazz world. He attended Indiana University, in 1974 was with the Tommy Dorsey ghost band, played briefly with Lionel Hampton, and then spent two years as a member of Monty Alexander's Trio (1975-1977). Hamilton was with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1977-1978), became a member of the L.A. Four (with whom he made six records), and started recording regularly as a sideman for...
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Live!, Jeff Hamilton Trio
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: Sep 24, 1996

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