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The Chico Hamilton Trio - The Chico Hamilton Trio

10-03-2015, 17:43

The Chico Hamilton Trio - The Chico Hamilton Trio

Artist: The Chico Hamilton Trio
Title Of Album: The Chico Hamilton Trio
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Fresh Sound Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 40:11 min
Total Size: 89,7 MB
WebSite: Amazon

01. Broadway
02. Porch Light
03. Blues On The Rocks
04. Skynned Strings
05. Street Of Drums
06. What Is There To Say
07. Nuttye
08. Buddy Boo
09. Uganda
10. Lollypop
11. We'll Be Together Again
12. Autumn Landscape

Chico Hamilton's earliest bands in a trio setting featured two fine rising stars of jazz guitar in Howard Roberts and Jim Hall. With the always exceptional George Duvivier playing bass throughout, these three-piece bands laid a foundation for many of Hamilton's more famous groups in the '60s that sported sidemen Larry Coryell and Gabor Szabo. There are hints of the hardcore jazz swing and Latin boogaloo amalgam that Hamilton would perfect, but for this compilation of recordings originally for the Pacific Jazz label, you hear his immaculate work on brushes, more prevalent than his sticks, although many tunes combine the two as he switches off. The eight tracks with the refined playing of Roberts moves from a delicate, tasteful version of "Broadway," through the slow, somewhat abstract "Street of Drums," and the ballad "What Is There to Say?" But then the pace picks up with the quick "Nuttye" reinforced by backdrop scat, and the bass led bop-to-funk "Buddy Boo" where Hamilton's developing style is emerging.

Rumbling and tribal drums for the late-night "Uganda" buoys the patient guitar of Roberts, while the two minute shortie "Lollypop" is a delicious call and response bopper. As polished as the playing of Roberts is, the sessions with the brilliant Jim Hall are the gems of the set, with all of the compositions penned by Duvivier. "Autumn Landscape" is a bit somber and regretful, while "Porch Light" reads angular à la Thelonious Monk with the guitarist stepping up. A unique, fluid, and dynamic voice at this stage of his career, Hall holds sway in a consistent mezzo piano volume for the bop tinged "Blues on the Rocks" before Hamilton's deft solo on brushes, but with the wire flanges plays his tom-toms in ultra melodic and inventive fashion for "Skynned Strings."

An entry point recording for Chico Hamilton, it displays his savory good common sense well before being more trend and fashion conscious, as psychedelia and fusion took over commercialized jazz. What needs to be recognized is that Hamilton did not so much assimilate the trends, but modified and adapted his music to the sign of the times and his own unique talents. This CD represents him at a more innocent time when jazz was not so adulterated by more popular forms, and is a fine West Coast style time capsule for the era. [Fresh Sound reissued the CD in 2008.] ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Personnel: Chico Hamilton (drums); George Duvivier (bass); Howard Roberts (guitar); Jim Hall (guitar).

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