Friday, October 21, 2016

Chico Hamilton Quintet feat. Eric Dolphy

This CD features an early incarnation of Chico Hamilton’s band featuring a then unknown Eric Dolphy. Utilizing cello and guitar in the front line along with Dolphy’s multiple instrumental prowess lends an unusual air to the proceedings. Recorded just before Dolphy’s Prestige debut, one can hear his sound already fully formed. In addition to Gershman’s cello stylings, there is an ambience of familiarity for those who’ve admired Dolphy’s recordings with Ron Carter on said instrument. Nowhere near as challenging as Dolphy’s later recordings, this Hamilton led date is still a joy to hear, with its swinging West Coast vibe and almost chamber-esque feel. “Pretty Little Theme,” “Little Lost Bear,” and “Lullaby for Dreamers” are short pieces that exemplify the pseudo-classical aspect of the band. In contrast “Opening” features blistering Bop tempos while “Cawn Pawn” is a deliciously slinky Blues groove. This short but sweet set is a welcome discovery and a boon to Dolphy collectors.
Troy Collins

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/truth_-_featuring_eric_dolphy-cd-3563.html

Chico Hamilton
Quintet
Featuring Eric Dolphy

Tracks

1 Fat Mouth (Vance)  3:01
2 Theme for a Starlet (Keller)  2:46
3 Little Lost Bear (Krevit)  1:48
4 Champs-Elysées (Wiggins)  2:32
5 Pretty Little Theme (Hamilton)  1:51
6 Lost in the Night (Maltby)  3:18
7 Frou Frou (Young)  3:19
8 Cawn Pawn (Smith)  2:31
9 Lullaby for Dreamers (Vance)  2:59
10 Opening (Hamilton)  1:39
11 Lady E (Dolphy)  2:40
12 Truth (Drucker)  3:08

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Personnel
Eric Dolphy - reeds
Dennis Budimir - g
Nathan Gershman - cel
Wyatt Ruther or Ralph Peña - b
Chico Hamilton - dr

Recorded in Hollywood, California ; May 19 & 20, 1959
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The material selected for these sides is a strong representation of that premise, since it is graded from Chico's jet propelled "Opening", to the moody harmonics of "Lady E". As the artistic history of jazz is written, and its components placed in perspective, the distinctive Chico Hamilton quintet will one day mark a turning point in ensemble creativity.

26 comments:

itr said...

A wonderful gift, many thanks.

tdelyon said...

Thanks a lot...

anon'n'on said...

another rare gem and i always enjoy getting your password wrong no matter how many times i've used it..thanks..king cake has the original ellington suite w/ chico and eric as a recent post

Orbyt said...

Love Chico. Thank you Mel for the upgrade to lossless!

birin said...

Muchas gracias!

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

kike said...

Thanks Mel for sharing this gem on Chico. I love Dolphy's sounds.

Philo said...

I had this from vinyl. I'm enjoying the Fresh Sound remaster. Thanks.

jazztap said...

merci

estravagario said...

Thank you !!!

O atelïer said...

the download needs passwords
some give me a help please?

estravagario said...

Hello O atelïer... at the top / right of blog press where you see PW and you can download all possible passwords.
Best regards

duck said...

Mel, I do like these upgrades. Thanks again as always.

xxx said...

Thank You! Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Doug said...

A nice treat!Thanks.

fcapeau said...

very interesting quintet work at the time. Many thanks for this re-up.

AlanE49 said...

Thank you, Mel.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Pet said...

To those who might be interested, this album was originally "That Hamilton Man" http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_chico_hamilton_quintet/that_hamilton_man/

Melanchthon said...

http://www33.zippyshare.com/v/JNQo4crN/file.html

steve said...

I thought that I had heard all of Dolphy, Mel! Many thanks!

sandor essedy said...

thank you for this Hamilton /Dolphy, not known (by me).

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel