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Artist: Chico Hamilton
Chico Hamilton - Heritage CD
Label: Joyous Shout!
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Year: 2006
Format: CD


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For the fourth in his series of 2006 releases -- a pace that hardly anyone maintains anymore in jazz, least of all an 85-year-old -- Chico Hamilton pays a series of tributes to old cohorts, mentors, friends and such with a new batch of originals. The same basic band that backed the previous three releases, Euphoria, is back for this one -- and so is trombonist George Bohanon, a regular on these sessions. With guitarist Cary DeNigris doing a creditable impression of Gabor Szabo's gypsy-flavored improvs, "Chicano Heritage" serves as much of a memorial to the late Hamilton sideman as does "One for Gabor." Other melancholy, three-part "One-Offs" pay their respects to others in Hamilton's past -- "One for Hale" (Smith), "One for Arnie" (Lawrence), and "One for Lennie" (Hayton). "Mulligan Stew," obviously, is a sauntering salute to the head of the quartet that helped Hamilton establish his name and fame. With "Viva Tirado" and "Blues for Yna Yna," Hamilton delivers idiosyncratic, smoky tributes to a mentor who was also still very much alive, well and actively performing as of this recording -- fellow octogenarian Gerald Wilson. On the vocal end, singer Marya Lawrence swings sensually through "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" and "Love Me or Leave Me " -- and Hamilton himself sings "Something to Live For" (a most appropriate title for him) with just the accompaniment of DeNigris. Unlike the previous three albums, there is no progressive closing number, but the point had been amply made in the series already. Chico Hamilton has plenty left to say, and his ability to say it is undimmed by age.
Chico Hamiton (drums, vocals); Cary DeNigris (guitar); Paul Ramsey (fender bass); Evan Schwam (flute, tenor and soprano sax); Andrew Hadro (flute, clarinet, alto and baritone sax); Geoffrey Countryman (flute, clarinet, alto and baritone sax); Jeremy Carlstedt (percussion); Marya Lawrence (vocals); George Bohanon (trombone)
  1. Chicano Heritage
  2. Mulligan Stew
  3. Viva Tirado
  4. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  5. One For Hale
  6. One For Gabor
  7. Lu Tu
  8. Love Me Or Leave Me
  9. One For Lennie
  10. One For Arnie
  11. Blues for Yna Yna
  12. Something To Live For
  13. Yard Dog Marzurka
  14. Denise
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