From the Beginning

From the Beginning

by Scott Hamilton Scott Hamilton


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Whoever decided to name '50s-style, small combo jazz "mainstream" did a disservice to saxophonists like Scott Hamilton. The word sounds safe and soulless. And while Hamilton will never be mistaken for John Coltrane, he's no throwback to some fondly remembered (and forgotten) era. From the Beginning combines the oddly titled Scott Hamilton Is a Good Wind Who is Blowing Us No Ill from 1977 and Scott Hamilton, 2 from 1978. Hamilton's first Concord album predated the Young Lions by a couple of years, and must have seemed like a fresh breeze in the midst of the fusion meltdown. Both discs feature small combos with pianist Nat Pierce, bassist Monty Budwig, and drummer Jake Hanna. The two sets only part ways in one significant fashion: trumpeter Bill Berry joins the first set while guitarist Cal Collins joins the second. The first disc opens with a lovely take on "That's All." Set against Pierce's impressionistic backing, Hamilton patiently outlines the melody, filling each note with deep feeling. The band sparkles on Coleman Hawkins' "Stuffy," laying down a loose groove that allows abundant room for bright solos. An acoustic guitar riff pushes off "East of the Sun" on disc two, preparing the listener for 45 more minutes of radiant jazz. Once upon a time, a record buyer would've had to make a choice between Hamilton's excellent first and second albums, between an expressive trumpet and a dynamic guitar. Now, Concord has arranged it so that the listener need only make one purchase. From the Beginning serves as an excellent introduction to the warm tones of tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2002
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431211723
catalogNumber: 2117
Rank: 13752


Disc 1

  1. That's All
  2. Indiana
  3. Stuffy
  4. Exactly Like You
  5. Ill Wind
  6. Broadway
  7. The Blue Room
  8. Somtimes I'm Happy

Disc 2

  1. East of the Sun
  2. There Is No Greater Love
  3. Rough Ridin'
  4. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
  5. I Want to Be Happy
  6. Everything Happens to Me
  7. Love Me or Leave Me
  8. Blues for the Players
  9. The Very Thought of You
  10. It Could Happen to You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scott Hamilton   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Berry   Trumpet
Cal Collins   Guitar
Jake Hanna   Drums
Nat Pierce   Piano
Monty Budwig   Bass

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Matt Dennis   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer,Remixing
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Henri Woode   Composer
John S. Wilson   Liner Notes
Tom Adair   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Ana Baracca   Art Direction
James Hanley   Composer
Carl E. Jefferson   Producer

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