Saturday, December 10, 2016

Chico Hamilton - South Pacific in Hi-Fi & Ellington Suite

The Chico Hamilton Quintet in the first of the two albums included reshapes eleven pieces of the popular Broadway show South Pacific into new patterns of sound and rhythm. Chico explained that they had kept the jazz sounds wherever we felt there should be jazz. The tunes were extremely difficult to arrange because the majority were both good and simple; one of the hardest things in music is to retain simplicity. The arrangements of Paul Horn, Hal Gaylor, John Pisano, Carson Smith and Calvin Jackson left us one of the happiest renditions of this show.
On the second album, the original Hamilton quintet, plus Paul Horn, reunited to play a fine collection of Ellington originals with the understanding and rare perspicacity only they could provide. The group operates entirely within a flexible framework, provided by Carson Smiths arrangements. The men are all highly capable, and the solo work is very good. Buddy Collettes tenor and Jim Halls lucid guitar are great assets to this set. Ellingtons subject matter, combined with Hamiltons brilliant colors, produced a set that is as delightful as it is intriguing.
All the music you will find here is attractive and very much alive; you have two fabulous groups led by Hamilton to thank for it.

Source :

Chico Hamilton
South Pacific in Hi-Fi
Ellington Suite


1 A Wonderful Guy (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  3:16
2 This Nearly Was Mine (Rodgers, Hammerstein II) 3:48
3 Dites Moi (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:59
4 Some Enchanted Evening (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  3:15
5 Bali Hai (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  4:37
6 There Is Nothing Like a Dame (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  3:00
7 Younger than Springtime (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  3:29
8 Happy Talk (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:55
9 A Cockeyed Optimist (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  1:51
10 Honey Bun (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  4:17
11 Im Gonna Wash that Man Right out of My Hair (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:36
12 Take the A Train (Ellington, Mills, Tizol)  3:35
13 Everything but You (Ellington, James, George)  4:30
14 Lucky So and So (Ellington, David)  4:51
15 Azure (Ellington, Mills)  3:30
16 Im Beginning to See the Light (Ellington, James, Hodges, George)  4:00
17 In a Mellotone (Ellington)  3:36
18 Sittin and Rockin (Ellington, David)  3:20
19 In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington, Mills-Kurtz)  4:43
20 Day Dream (Ellington, Strayhorn, LaTouche)  3:53
21 It Dont Mean a Thing (Ellington, Mills)  4:18


[# 1-11] from "Chico Hamilton Plays South Pacific in Hi-Fi" (World Pacific ST-1003)
Chico Hamilton - dr
Fred Katz - cel, arr. on # 9
Paul Horn - as & fl, arr. on # 2 & 8
John Pisano - g, arr. on # 4 & 5
Hal Gaylor - b, arr. on # 1 & 10
Carson Smith - arr. on # 6 & 7
Calvin Jackson - arr. on # 3 & 11
Recorded at Forum Theatre, Los Angeles ; January 15, 24, 29 & 30, 1958
[# 12-21] from "The Chico Hamlton Quintet / Ellington Suite" (World Pacific ST-1016)
Chico Hamilton - dr
Buddy Collette - as & ts
Paul Horn - as & fl
Jim Hall - g
Fred Katz - cel
Carson Smith - b
All arrangements by Carson Smith
Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 9 & 12, 1959


Melanchthon said...

Chesco said...

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WOODY said...

That's the truth, I don't know another Jazz & Classic site of this fantastic taste and wonderful selection!

lucky5 said...

Much appreciated, Mel!!

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Mike said...

Good one! I was confused at first since I have Chico's 'The Original Ellington Suite' with Eric Dolphy, but I see that was recorded in 1958. Thanks as always.

Fred Archtop said...

Great post. Thanks a lot Mel.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi Mel!
Nice to see you again

hcb said...

excellent. Thanks.

musician3 said...

AMAZING....................................THANK YOU FOR ALL

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

sandor essedy said...

thanks for a suite to ellington suite! I don't know this one.

sep troelstra said...

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kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

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Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

Never too much Chico. Thank you!