Doug Hamilton Jazz Band

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Riding the wave of resurgence of the large ensemble in jazz, trombonist/arranger Doug Hamilton here puts together charts for a collection of musicians culled from the Armed Forces bands (Army Blues, Airmen of Note, Navy Commodores). The music itself is more of a throwback compared to much of what's being created for contemporary big bands, owing a fair bit to Stan Kenton's sound and a simpler, cleaner approach than many. The compositions hail in roughly equal measure from the classic songbook, the post-bop players (Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins), and Hamilton himself. In the arrangements, though, something starts to fall flat. There's a touch of some of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Riding the wave of resurgence of the large ensemble in jazz, trombonist/arranger Doug Hamilton here puts together charts for a collection of musicians culled from the Armed Forces bands (Army Blues, Airmen of Note, Navy Commodores). The music itself is more of a throwback compared to much of what's being created for contemporary big bands, owing a fair bit to Stan Kenton's sound and a simpler, cleaner approach than many. The compositions hail in roughly equal measure from the classic songbook, the post-bop players (Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins), and Hamilton himself. In the arrangements, though, something starts to fall flat. There's a touch of some of the Gil Evans aesthetic in the playing from time to time in tight parallel lines and ambient horn backings, but by and large the music seems somewhat stale. The performers are all highly capable, and indeed show off some outstanding chops when left to their solos. However, when the players are combined together as a ten-piece band, the sound is less energetic, almost as though restrained by something beyond their control. Nothing ever quite breaks out from the background; nothing quite shakes up the melodies. Given the excellent musicians, though, the album makes for a nice piece of ambient background music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Oa2
  • UPC: 805552204520
  • Catalog Number: 22045
  • Sales rank: 225,218

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 By Myself (7:08)
  2. 2 Up Jumped Spring (6:15)
  3. 3 Modal Blues (8:38)
  4. 4 I Love You (5:19)
  5. 5 Paula (6:21)
  6. 6 Oleo (3:34)
  7. 7 That's All (5:15)
  8. 8 Very Early (6:04)
  9. 9 Scarborough Fair (7:35)
  10. 10 Stryptic Pencil (5:30)
  11. 11 My Funny Valentine (6:31)
  12. 12 Day by Day (5:09)
  13. 13 Samba (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doug Hamilton Jazz Band Primary Artist
Doug Hamilton Indexed Contributor
Craig Fraedrich Trumpet, Soloist
Dave McDonald Drums, Soloist
Matt Niess Trombone, Soloist
Steve Fidyk Drums, Soloist
Scott Silbert Baritone, Baritone (Vocal), Soloist
Tony Nalker Piano, Soloist
Liesl Whitaker Trumpet
Paul "Turk" Henry Bass, Soloist
Jim Roberts Guitar, Soloist
Tedd Baker Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal), Soloist
SSG Bill E. Linney Alto, Soloist
Bill Linney Alto
Technical Credits
Sonny Rollins Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Freddie Hubbard Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Axel Stordahl Composer
Mark Taylor Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Paul Weston Composer
Rick Wilkins Arranger
Bob Haymes Composer
Traditional Composer
John Woodcock Artwork
Doug Hamilton Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Rick Wilkins Arranger
Bob Dawson Engineer, Mastering
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