Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Three Faces of Chico Hamilton

A fine showcase for Chico Hamilton as a triple-threat artist : drummer extraordinaire ("Miss Movement," "Trinkets," etc.), vocalist ("She's Funny That Way," "The Best Things in Life Are Free," "Where or When"), and, of course, leader. His vocals are reminiscent of Nat King Cole, with subtleties all his own, and his drumming is just as impressive amid its own set of superlatives, many of which are shown off on the Hamilton originals "Happy Little Dance" and "Trinkets." The other members of the group, Wyatt Ruther (bass), Eric Dolphy (flute, reeds), Dennis Budimir (guitar), and Nathan Gershman (cello), get their own moments to shine, on "Newport News," "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)," etc. Hamilton also brought in a full reed section for several numbers here, in acknowledgement of his own appreciation of the classic 1940s big-band sound. And the contrasts with the quartet and solo numbers make this one of the most diversely textured and wide-ranging of all Chico Hamilton albums.
Bruce Eder

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The Three Faces of
Chico Hamilton


1 Miss Movement (Dolphy)  2:16
2 She's Funny That Way (Whiting, Moret)  2:49
3 Trinkets (Hamilton)  4:27
4 More Than You Know (Rose, Eliscu, Youmans)  5:53
5 The Best Things in Life Are Free (DeSylva, Brown, Henderson)  2:37
6 Where or When (Rodgers, Hart)  2:24
7 Happy Little Dance (Hamilton)  2:14
8 Newport News (Dorham)  4:37
9 I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)  2:56
10 No Speak no English, Man (Hamilton)  5:38


[# 1, 4 & 8]
Eric Dolphy - fl, b-cl & as
Dennis Budimir - g
Nathan Gershman - cel
Wyatt Ruther - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
[# 2, 5, 6 & 9]
Same as above, plus
Paul Horn - as
Buddy Collette - ts
Bill Green - bs
Chico Hamilton - dr & voc
[# 3, 7 & 10]
Chico Hamilton - dr solo

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; May 19, 1959

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neil said...

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Melanchthon said...

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