CD Hamilton Quintet, Chico: Complete Studio Recordings

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This sensational re-edition contains all of the studio recordings made for the Pacific jazz label by the original Chico Hamilton's outstanding quintet. In addition, this release also contains, as bonus tracks, the quintet's first live session, recorded at The Strollers club only a few weeks after the quintet's formation, and a sensational drums solo performed by Hamilton during a concert at the Stockton High School. the Tunes from these sessions include some great standards such as "My Funny Valentine", "I Want To Be Happy", "Stella By Starlight"... and two immortal originals "A Nice Day" by Buddy Collette, and "A Bark for Barksdale" by Gerry Mulligan.

Buddy Collette (fl, cl, as, ts), Fred Katz (cello), Jim Hall (g), Carson Smith (b), Chico Hamilton (d) RECORDED Hollywood, 1955 & 1956
It is doubtful that any other combo leader in jazz has made the jump from sideman to maestro more rapidly or more successfully than Chico Hamilton. The Los Angeles-born drummer, a sideman with name bands throughout the 1940s and subsequently member of Lena Horne's accompanying trio for several years, did not really get into action as a leader until 1955, when he formed his quintet. Their initial impact undoubtedly was helped by the quintet's instrumentation. With Chico on drums, Buddy Collette on flute, clarinet and saxes, Fred Katz, cello, Jim Hall, guitar, and Carson Smith, bass, they presented an innovative sound. Never did they overpower, or use high decibels as a substitute for inventiveness. In a little more than a year on the road Chico's quintet established itself as one of the best-drawing small jazz units in the field.


  1. A Nice Day
  2. My Funny Valentine
  3. Blue Sands
  4. The Sage
  5. The Morning After
  6. Jonalah
  7. Chrissie
  8. The Wind
  9. Gone Lover (When Your Lover Has Gone)
  10. The Ghost
  11. Sleepy Slept Here (Santa Monica)
  12. Takin' A Chance On Love
  13. The Squimp
  14. Topsy
  15. Sleep
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