Thursday, February 03, 2011

Chico Hamilton - The Dealer (1999)


Artist: Chico Hamilton
Title Of Album: The Dealer
Year Of Release: 1999
Label: Impulse (20-bit version)
Original Year: 1966
Genre: Jazz
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: lossless 320kbps
Total Time: 55:03 min
Total Size: 360 mb/141 mb (+%rec)

TRACKLIST


1. The Dealer (Chico Hamilton/Jimmy Cheatham) 6:21
2. For Mods Only (Archie Shepp) 4:25
3. A Trip (Chico Hamilton/Jimmy Cheatham) 6:35
4. Baby, You Know (Chico Hamilton/Jimmy Cheatham) 3:56
5. Larry of Arabia (Larry Coryell) 5:09
6. Thoughts (Chico Hamilton) 9:20
7. Jim-Jeannie (Chico Hamilton) 5:48
8. Chic Chic Chico (Manny Albam) 2:49
9. Big Noise from Winnetka (Ray Bauduc/Bob Haggart/Bob Crosby/Gil Rodin) 2:49
10. The Second Time Around (Jimmy Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn) 3:12
11. El Toro (Chico Hamilton/Charles Lloyd/Gabor Szabo) 4:39

Personnel:
Chico Hamilton (Drums and Percussion, Vocals)
Arnie Lawrence (Alto Saxophone) - 1-4,6,7
Larry Coryell (Guitar) - 1-7
Richard Davis (Double Bass) - 1-7
Ernie Hayes (Organ) - 4,5
Archie Shepp (Piano) - 2
Charles Lloyd (Tenor Saxophone and Flute) - 8,10,11
Gabor Szabo (Guitar) - 8,10,11
Jimmy Woods (Tenor Saxophone) - 8
Albert Stinson (Double Bass and Vocals) - 8-11
Willie Bobo (Maracas, Cowbells) - 8,9
George Bohanon (Trombone) - 10

Digitally remastered using 20-bit technology by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios).

As a drummer, Chico Hamilton probably never got the full recognition he deserved. However, his ability to recognize and hire young talent kept him in the limelight throughout much of the 1950s and '60s. THE DEALER is a good example of Hamilton's musical vision. The most significant aspect of this release is the introduction of a 23-year-old Larry Coryell, who went on to become one of the foremost jazz guitarists in the world.

THE DEALER finds its groove on the fourth track, "Baby, You Know," which is a beautiful, laidback ballad. On this tune, Coryell plays with all the heart and soul of a seasoned bluesman. He also intersperses Wes Montgomery-like bop lines in between the saxophone melody, proving that he's more than just a blues enthusiast. Coryell's own composition "Larry of Arabia" is another slow blues that highlights the fiery young guitarist. Overall, Coryell's creative mix of blues and bebop complements Hamilton's understated drumming, as well as alto player Arnie Lawrence's hard-bop style. This is definitely a fascinating listen, and one of Hamilton's finest albums.


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