Only the Best of Chico Hamilton

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
With his subtle, textured, and versatile drumming style, not to mention his fine eye for recognizing good young players, Chico Hamilton's various quintets have always been unique and engaging, swinging from straight bop to cello-and-flute chamber jazz. This four-disc, 42-track set collects five of his LPs, 1959's With Strings Attached, Three Faces of Chico, Gongs East!, 1962's A Different Journey, and 1980's Nomad in a single box that does a good job of spotlighting Hamilton's joyful jazz, making this a generous introduction to his musical approach.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
With his subtle, textured, and versatile drumming style, not to mention his fine eye for recognizing good young players, Chico Hamilton's various quintets have always been unique and engaging, swinging from straight bop to cello-and-flute chamber jazz. This four-disc, 42-track set collects five of his LPs, 1959's With Strings Attached, Three Faces of Chico, Gongs East!, 1962's A Different Journey, and 1980's Nomad in a single box that does a good job of spotlighting Hamilton's joyful jazz, making this a generous introduction to his musical approach.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431115121
  • Catalog Number: 1151
  • Sales rank: 163,349

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sun Yen Yen - Chico Hamilton Quintet (5:58)
  2. 2 A Voice In the Night - Chico Hamilton Quintet (6:55)
  3. 3 Different Journey - Chico Hamilton Quintet (7:53)
  4. 4 The Vulture - Chico Hamilton Quintet (4:14)
  5. 5 One Sheridan Square - Chico Hamilton Quintet (15:06)
  6. 6 Island Blues - Chico Hamilton Quintet (1:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Magic Fingers (5:05)
  2. 2 Mysterious Maiden (6:11)
  3. 3 Nomad (8:57)
  4. 4 Alekasam (6:58)
  5. 5 Denise (7:46)
  6. 6 Strut (5:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Something To Live For - Chico Hamilton Quintet (3:56)
  2. 2 Andante - Chico Hamilton Quintet (2:30)
  3. 3 Speak Low - Chico Hamilton Quintet (2:28)
  4. 4 Pottsville, U.S.A. - Chico Hamilton Quintet (5:43)
  5. 5 Don's Delight - Chico Hamilton Quintet (3:49)
  6. 6 Strange - Chico Hamilton Quintet (3:09)
  7. 7 Modes - Chico Hamilton Quintet (6:38)
  8. 8 Fair Weather - Chico Hamilton Quintet (3:00)
  9. 9 Close Your Eyes - Chico Hamilton Quintet (4:38)
  10. 10 Ev'rything I've Got - Chico Hamilton Quintet (2:02)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Miss Movement (2:16)
  2. 2 She's Funny That Way (2:49)
  3. 3 Trinkets (4:27)
  4. 4 More Than You Know (5:53)
  5. 5 The Best Things In Life Are Free (2:37)
  6. 6 Where or When (2:24)
  7. 7 Happy Little Dance (2:14)
  8. 8 Newport News (4:37)
  9. 9 I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) (2:56)
  10. 10 No Speak No English, Man (5:40)
  11. 11 Beyond the Blue Horizon (3:05)
  12. 12 Where I Live (4:01)
  13. 13 Gongs East (4:49)
  14. 14 I Gave My Love a Cherry (4:40)
  15. 15 Good Grief, Dennis (3:07)
  16. 16 Long Ago (and Far Away) (2:59)
  17. 17 Tuesday At Two (2:59)
  18. 18 Nature By Emerson (5:06)
  19. 19 Far East (4:05)
  20. 20 Passion Flower (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chico Hamilton Primary Artist, Drums
Miki Howard Background Vocals
Eric Dolphy Flute, Reeds, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Alto Clarinet
Charles Lloyd Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Gabor Szabo Guitar
Albert Stinson Bass
Shondu Akiem Syndrum
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Nathan Gershman Cello
Kenny Gradney Bass
Augie Johnson Background Vocals
Nathaniel Phillips Bass
Wyatt Ruther Bass
Vance "Mad Dog" Tenort Percussion
Dennis Budimer Guitar
George Bohanon Trombone
Nate Gershman Cello
Greg Matta Background Vocals
Charlie Munoz Keyboards
Technical Credits
Wayne Henderson Composer, Producer
Eric Dolphy Composer
Kenny Dorham Composer
Chico Hamilton Composer
Charles Lloyd Composer
Nat Pierce Composer
Gerald Wilson Composer
Fred Katz Composer, Orchestra Director
Chuck Sagle Producer
George Avakian Producer
Kenny Gradney Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Hank Sanicola Mastering
Carson Smith Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Mike Evans Engineer
Ron Coro Art Direction
Hale Smith Arranger
Phil Casey Direction
Eliscu Composer
Forest Hamilton Executive Producer
Harling Composer
Gene Kornmann Original Cover Photography
Peter Samerjan Original Cover Photography
Kimbo Smith Composer
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