Saturday, May 2, 2015

A Different Journey with the Chico Hamilton Quintet

Chico Hamilton always maintained that the line-up on A Different Journey was his favorite of all his quintets, and it’s easy to see why ; with both Gabor Szabo and Charles Lloyd on hand, some interesting ideas are going to emerge. By this time Hamilton had cast off the light, chamber jazz directions he pursued in the fifties in favor of the advances of Coltrane and Coleman. In Lloyd he chose a perfect musical director ; his compositions are not based on melodic heads as much as they are springboards for challenging improvisation. Due to the talent in the front line, Hamilton seems content to stay out of the way and just keep time. Trombonist George Bohanon works the same terrain originally occupied by a cellist, working in tandem with Lloyd to create solos based on a series of abstract ideas. Szabo’s prickly solos and brisk comping prove him to be a real find, one of the best guitarists to emerge from the sixties. Together they work through the songs with energetic freedom and a wellspring of spontaneity. Hot on the heels of his collaboration with Eric Dolphy, Hamilton once again created a masterful group whose subliminal interactions are among the best of the era. As creative and original as the various Hamilton Quintet were, it’s a shame that more of their recordings aren’t readily available. Fortunately, this one has resurfaced.
David Rickert

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Chico Hamilton
A Different Journey


1 Sun Yen Yen  6:00
2 A Voice in the Night  6:55
3 Different Journey  7:53
4 The Vulture  4:15
5 One Sheridan Square  15:06
6 Island Blues  1:44

All Compositions by Charles Lloyd


Charles Lloyd - ts & fl
Gábor Szabó - g
George Bohanon - tb
Albert Stinson - b
Chico Hamilton - dr

Recorded in San Francisco & Los Angeles ; January, 19, 29 & 31, 1963


deGallo said...

Thank you.

velobrewer said...

very nice post. Thank you Mel. Perhaps his "best" group lineup.

peter said...

thank you mel

Jazzsoulman said...

Thnk you

jazzfan1 said...

The Chico Hamilton Special (Columbia, 1960) makes a fine complement to this session.

apf said...

Thank you so much!

grumpy said...

Many thanks!

hoythenry said...

Thank you so much.
Would it be possible to put up the two Columbias (Irma La Douce/Bye Bye Birdie, Chico Hamilton Special) and the Decca (Sweet Smell of Success)?
Appreciate all your efforts.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel another fine post

Philo said...

I had this from vinyl. Very nice to hear it remastered and in FLAC. Thank you.

neil said...

Once again, mel, many thanks for the opportunity to upgrade...

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Melanchthon said...

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Otis Foster said...

Thanks as always Melanchthon