Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chico Hamilton - The Complete Studio Recordings

Over half a century later, these recordings made by drummer Chico Hamilton between 1955-1956 with his first quintet sound as fresh and unusual as they must have back in the day. The instrumentation of this group helped to form Hamilton's ear for many of the projects he was involved in and bands he would lead throughout his career. The group consisted of Hamilton, Buddy Collette on reeds and woodwinds, bassist Carson Smith, cellist Fred Katz, and guitarist Jim Hall. Given what was transpiring on both coasts at the time — hard bop out East and the cool sound in the West — this music walked beyond them both. The varying textures and harmonic possibilities for a group with this instrumentation presented not only unique opportunities but unique challenges as well. In the 21st century, it sounds almost cinematic — especially on standards like "My Funny Valentine," with a counterpoint, almost modal, lyric line played by Collette as Katz tackles the melody in the lower registers of his instruments. But it's the originals here that are so striking: the tom-tom heavy polyrhythmic structure of Collette's "Blue Sands," the uptempo bass and clarinet sprint that opens Smith's "Jonalah," and Hall's lithe, sprightly, midtempo ballad "Chrissie," with its three-part counterpoint using guitar, flute and cello in a knotty yet seamless labyrinth. In other words, the 15 tracks here, whether familiar numbers such as Russ Freeman's "The Wind," or Collette's banging "The Ghost" all come off as somehow otherworldly because of the complex yet utterly accessible melodic invention even in the most intricate of harmonic engagements. This set, issued by Spain's Fresh Sound imprint as one of four different volumes of Hamilton's early music, contains exhaustive liner notes, current retrospective interviews with all the living players, and decent sound.
Tom Jurek

Source :

Chico Hamilton
The Complete Studio Recordings
(The Original Chico Hamilton Quintet)


1 A Nice Day (Collette)  2:56
2 My Funny Valentine (Hart, Rodgers)  4:20
3 Blue Sands (Collette)  6:38
4 The Sage (Katz)  3:38
5 The Morning After (Hamilton)  2:10
6 Jonalah (Smith)  2:21
7 Chrissie (Hall)  3:53
8 The Wind (Freeman)  3:37
9 Gone Lover (When Your Lover Has Gone) (Swan)  3:51
10 The Ghost (Collette)  5:10
11 Sleepy Slept Here (Santa Monica) (Collette)  4:14
12 Takin' a Chance on Love (Duke, Fetter, Latouche)  4:13
13 The Squimp (Katz)  1:52
14 Topsy (Durham, Battle))  4:52
15 Sleep (Geibel)  2:27


[# 1-5] from the 12" Pacific Jazz album "Chico Hamilton Quintet" PJ-1209
Buddy Collette - fl, cl, as & ts
Fred Katz - cel
Jim Hall - g
Carson Smith - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recordedin Hollywood, California ; August 23, 1955
[# 6-15] from the 12" Pacific Jazz album "Chico Hamilton in Hi-Fi" PJ-1216
Same as above
Recorded same place ; January 4, 1956 [# 6-10] ; & February 10 & 13, 1956 [# 11-15]


michael said...

rapidshare means:
Download permission denied by uploader. (0b67c2f5)

forget rapidshare. try another hoster
thanks for all the good music

Anonymous said...

Perhaps... MEGA, of Kim Dotcom? Next january the 19th!!

We don't wanna miss mel's music.

Thanks, Mel.


deGallo said...


Here's how to make your posts publically available....

Log into your Rapidshare account.

Go to 'my files'.
Click on 'new folder' and create one, I call mine 'Lair'.

Tick all the files you wish to make public.

Right click on one, go to 'move' and click on the folder you made.

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Right click on 'your new folder (Lair in my case)' click on 'privileges'.

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I got this info from grumpy. They say it works.

CrunchyFrog said...

yes, I am having trouble with rapidshare too... and I have an active account... what about depositfiles?

Anonymous said...

I also fund downloads are impossible. The upside is seeing albums I didn't know existed. Great blog.

Michel Rimbau said...

Estimado amigo, todos tus links están caídos. Es solo para amigo o hay que pagar ?. Gracias por volver

reindeer man said...

Great to see Mel and SVNV back, even if RS is making it impossible to actually DL his files. Sounds like deGallo has the solution (by way of grumpy), just hope Mel catches the comment.

This collection is amazing, by the way. Great West Coast stuff.

Anonymous said...

Menos mal que Balbis terminó su proyecto antes de este lio.

Adrian said...

I wonder why Melanchthon is so quiet about all the fuzz created around the download problems from his posts.I expected him to come-up with a sort of solution, considering the great number of people interested in his posts and especially in the beautiful music promoted there...

Anonymous said...

Ok, in this situation, the best thing is to hear some quotations from Jazz musicians:

Bill Evans: "Keep searching for that sound you hear in your head until it becomes a reality."

Duke Ellington: "What does music mean to you? What would you do without music?"

George Gershwin: "Life is a lot like Jazz... it's best when you improvise."

It's Ok, but nothing about rapidshare... ;)


CrunchyFrog said...

Well I was never able to DL to listen to this, but I love Chico Hamilton and didn't have this collection - so I went on Amazon and bought it - so thanks for bringing it to my attention, Mel!!

Daniel Večenaj said...

I've managed to get this file successfully, but there still stays the password request...

Melanchthon said...

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchas gracias mel

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Pepin said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon. ¡que bonito CD!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Martín Hasbún said...

MANY, SO MANY THANKS. I couldn't find this awesome album... 'til now haha :)

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Anonymous said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon!