Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings of the Chico Hamilton Quintet

The original Chico Hamilton Quintet was one of the last significant West Coast jazz bands of the cool era. Consisting of Buddy Collette on reeds (flute, clarinet, alto, and tenor), guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Carson Smith, and the drummer/leader, the most distinctive element in the group's identity was cellist Fred Katz. The band could play quite softly, blending together elements of bop and classical music into their popular sound and occupying their own niche. This six-CD, limited-edition box set from 1997 starts off with a Hamilton drum solo from a 1954 performance with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet ; it contains three full albums and many previously unreleased numbers) by the original Chico Hamilton band and also has quite a few titles from the second Hamilton group (which has Paul Horn and John Pisano in the places of Collette and Hall). In addition, there are three titles from the third Hamilton Quintet (with Eric Dolphy on flute and alto) and a 1959 Duke Ellington tribute date that featured both Collette and Horn. Most of these performances were formerly quite rare and never reissued coherently before. Highly recommended to jazz historians and to listeners who enjoy classic cool jazz, this box is sure to be sold out quickly.
Scott Yanow (All Music)


The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings
of the
Chico Hamilton


Cd. 1

1 Drums West (Hamilton)  4:19
2 A Nice Day (Collette)  2:55
3 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart)  4:21
4 Blue Sands (Collette)  6:38
5 The Sage (Katz)  3:37
6 The Morning After (Hamilton)  2:10
7 I Want to Be Happy (Youmans, Caesar)  2:13
8 Spectacular (Hall)  5:19
9 Free Form (Hamilton)  5:05
10 Walking Carson Blues (Smith)  6:15
11 Buddy Boo (Collette)  5:20
12 Gone With the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  5:08
13 Topsy (Durham, Battle)  8:24
14 Undecided (Shavers)  9:07


Cd. 2

1 My Old Flame (Johnston, Coslow)  4:33
2 The Saint (Hall)  4:31
3 It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Mills, Ellington)  6:04
4 Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)  2:40
5 Caravan (Mills, Ellington, Tizol)  6:08
6 Tea for Two (Youmans, Caesar)  5:39
7 Fast Flute (Collette, Hamilton)  6:05
8 Change It (Collette)  2:41
9 Cute Little Deal (Jones)  3:01
10 A Mood (Katz)  3:57
11 This Is Your Day (Collette)  3:58
12 I'll Keep Loving You (Bud Powell)  2:19
13 Crazy Rhythm (Caesar, Meyer, Kahn)  4:17

Cd. 3

1 Jonalah (Smith)  2:21
2 Chrissie (Hall)  3:53
3 The Wind (Freeman)  3:38
4 Gone Lover When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan)  3:51
5 The Ghost (Collette)  5:11
6 Sleepy Slept Here (Collette)  4:14
7 Taking a Chance on Love (Duke, Latouche, Fetter)  4:13
8 The Squimp (Katz)  1:53
9 Topsy (Durham, Battle)  4:53
10 Sleep (Burtnett, Geibel)  2:31
11 I Know (Theme) #1 (Hall)  0:58
12 Chanel #5 (Smith)  4:40
13 Beanstalk (Smith)  5:17
14 September Song (Weill, Anderson)  3:36
15 Siete-Cuatro (Hall)  4:54
16 Mr. Jo Jones (Hamilton)  3:15
17 I Know (Theme) #2 (Hall)  0:40
18 Mr. Smith Goes to Town (Smith)  2:52


Cd. 4

1 Satin Doll (Ellington, Strayhorn)  4:39
2 Lillian (Katz)  5:10
3 Reflections (Katz)  5:28
4 Soft Winds (Henderson)  4:51
5 Caravan (Mills, Ellington, Tizol)  3:25
6 I Know (Theme) #3 (Hall)  0:41
7 Lord Randall (Katz)  7:32
8 Suite for Horn (Katz)  13:34
a. Allegro
b. Zen
c. Science-Fiction
9 Pluck It (Katz)  2:58
10 Classical (Katz)  2:59
11 Loma (Katz)  3:27
12 Granada (Lara, Musel, Lisbona)  3:54
13 Katz-Up (Smith)  3:51
14 Montuna (Katz)  4:37


Cd. 5

1 Lord Randall (Katz)  8:32
2 Walking Carson Blues (Smith)  6:09
3 Folk Lore (Smith)  4:11
4 Lapis Lazuli (Smith)  4:05
5 Concerto Petite (Katz)  8:22
6 Show Me (Lerner)  3:28
7 I'm a Funny Dame (Dubey)  2:38
8 Music to Eat By (Hamilton)  6:30
9 A Wonderful Guy (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  3:15
10 This Nearly Was Mine (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  3:53
11 Dites-moi (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  3:01
12 Some Enchanted Evening (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  3:16


Cd. 6

1 Bali Ha'i (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  4:42
2 There Is Nothin' Like a Dame (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  3:03
3 Younger Than Springtime (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  3:31
4 Happy Talk (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  2:59
5 A Cockeyed Optimist (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  1:53
6 Honey Bun (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  4:20
7 I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:39
8 In a Sentimental Mood (Mills, Ellington, Kurtz)  2:26
9 I'm Beginning to See the Light (Hodges, James, Ellington, George)  3:03
10 In a Mellow Tone (Ellington, Gabler)  2:25
11 Medley : Take the a Train/Perdido (Strayhorn, Tizol)  3:37
12 Everything But You (James, Ellington, George)  4:32
13 I'm Just a Lucky So and So (Ellington, David)  4:53
14 Azure (Mills, Ellington)  3:32
15 I'm Beginning to See the Light (Hodges, James, Ellington, George)  4:02
16 In a Mellow Tone (Ellington, Gabler)  3:38
17 Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' (Ellington, Strayhorn, Gaines )  3:22
18 In a Sentimental Mood (Mills, Ellington, Kurtz)  4:46
19 Day Dream (Ellington, Latouche, Strayhorn)  3:55
20 It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Mills, Ellington)  4:16


[Cd. 1, # 1]
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded live at Stockton High School, Stockton, California ; November 12, 1954
[Cd. 1, # 2-6]
Buddy Collette - fl, cl, as & ts
Fred Katz - cel
Jim Hall - g
Carson Smith - b
Chico Hamiton - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles ; August 23, 1955
[Cd. 1, # 7-11]
Same as above
Recorded live at Strollers, Long Beach, California ; August 4, 1955
[Cd. 1, # 12-14 ; Cd. 2, # 1-4]
Same as above
Recorded same place as above ; August 4 or November 11, 1955
[Cd. 2, # 5-13]
Same as above
Recorded same place as above ; November 11, 1955
[Cd. 3, # 1-5]
Same as above
Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 4, 1956
[Cd. 3, # 6-10]
Same as above
Recorded at Music Box Theatre, Los Angeles ; February 10 & 13, 1956
[Cd. 3, # 11-18 & Cd. 4, # 1-6]
Paul Horn - pcc, fl, cl & as
Fred Katz - cel
John Pisano - g
Carson Smith - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded at Forum Theatre, Los Angeles ; October 21 & 24, 1956
[Cd. 4, # 7-14]
Same as above, except
Dick Noel, Joe Howard, Herbie Harper - tb
Harry Klee - fl
Willy Schwartz - cl
Julie Jacobs - ob
Marty Beman - bssn, are added [# 8 only]
Recorded in Los Angeles ; November, 1956
[Cd. 5, # 1-5]
Same as above, except
Anahid Ajemian - vl, is added [# 5 only]
Recorded live at Town Hall, New York City ; May 26, 1957
[Cd. 5, # 6 & 7]
Same as above
Recorded in Los Angeles ; August 12, 1957
[Cd. 5, # 8-12 ; & Cd. 6, # 1-7]
Paul Horn - fl, cl & as
Fred Katz - cel
John Pisano - g
Hal Gaylor - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 15, 24, 29 & 30, 1958
[Cd. 6, # 8-10]
Eric Dolphy - fl & as
Nate Gershman - cel
John Pisano - g
Hal Gaylor - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; circa April 1958
[Cd. 6, # 11-20]
Paul Horn - fl, cl & as
Buddy Collette - fl, as & ts
Fred Katz - cel
Jim Hall - g
Carson Smith - b & arr.
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded at Sound Enterprises, Los Angeles ; January 9 & 12, 1959


archer said...

melanchthon strikes again! excellent.

this is a group that i haven't explored much. your postings of buddy collette, whom i hadn't heard much either, were excellent and have me looking forward to hearing these recordings.

much gratitude

lcbriza said...

What else can i say? You have the best jazz blog in the web. A million thanks for posting this beauty.

ABE said...

Thank you, thank you - thank you!!

Ric said...

Melanchthon, avec un peu de retard, mais je suis encore a mi-chemin du dld, mais.....tout simplement fantastique! Merci!

Sandflyer said...

Hi, seems to be a problem with CD 6 part 2. The page doesn't load.

P.A.S., Warsaw

Melanchthon said...

Try again, the links are ok.

Alan said...

Great post. Not an artist I'm very familiar with and this was a great introduction. I've only recently come across your blog and much appreciate the time and effort put in.

rowgatien said...

Marvelous! Merci avec des fleurs.

Anonymous said...

hi Melanchthon,
Thanks so much for putting these up! After downloading them they weren't recognised as a flac file by Max (converter program for apple)... Should i do something else first? Do i need to rename or combine the files?
Thanks alot,

reindeer man said...

One of the stalwarts of the West Coast cool jazz scene! Phenomenal collection. Great way to immerse yourself in Chico's work! Thanks for all your work.

Kovina Kris said...

This is a MONSTER post. Thank you verrrry much!

Kovina Kris said...

...and I just wanted to add that I REALLY appreciate the complete scans of the booklet and individual cases etc. Your posts are consistently clean and easy to read and the time and effort you put forth to present these posts in FLAC with complete artwork is just incredible and is a big part of what sets your blog apart from so many others. Oh, and your taste in music is incredible as well! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. MERCI BEAUCOUP!

ZM-JazzRock said...

Mel, direct to the point: thank you very much. My X'mas present arrived earlier this year!

Roland561 said...

This is a marvel. Thank you for your dedication to posting great music.

CrunchyFrog said...

All I can say is wow! and thanks - I love Chico Hamilton but missed this set when it was out, so thanks very much for giving me the chance to hear it!

Chris said...

Again missed first time; Thanks Mel for another wonderful box-set.

fcapeau said...

The more contributive innovation combo at that time !! it hasn't aged a bit . Many thanks.

xaver said...

Excellent!!!! A invaluable contribution. Thanks!

Markus Rose said...

Thank you Mel. Your generosity is most appreciated.

El hombre 335 said...

Thanks!!! this stuff us very difficultto find, great work on your blog

una abrazo,


Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

Melanchthon said...


Cd. 1/3

Cd. 4/6

Anonymous said...

Thank you, dear MM!

Jazz Padd said...

Very nice, getting this for the Hall and Pisano, but it sounds like a great set and monumental effort on your part. Many thanks!

deGallo said...

Incredible post!! Thank you.

francisco santos said...


rev.b said...

Wow! Thanks Mel.

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mel, este box es fantástico!!

Unknown said...

Mel, I have noted the PW and also figured out how to open the Zippy link by highlighting, but where do I enter the PW? Normally, there is a pop-up where this is done; not here. Thanks, Sam

rst said...

Many thanks

roberth said...

mel thank u so much. some how i had lost cd one of this great collection. as always when u are in need this is the place.