Thoughts Of...

Thoughts Of...

by Chico Hamilton


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Thoughts Of...

The title of this CD pretty much sums it all up, as this great jazzman reflects upon those who have inspired him throughout his storied career. Here, drummer Chico Hamilton and his base quartet receive additional support -- on selected tracks -- from guitarists Larry Coryell, Joe Beck, and Rodney Jones, signifying those who have respectively worked with the drummer at various stages of his career. Moreover, saxophonists Karolina Strassmayer and Erik Lawrence augment the quartet's swing, groove, and funk permutations on selected pieces. With this release, Hamilton spurs his soloists through walking blues motifs and breezy West Coast-style swing vamps amid a divergent set featuring strong soloing and emphatically articulated choruses. Essentially, Hamilton's hipness shines forth with a multitude of prismatic colors to coincide with a few ballads, where the leader's affecting vocals reaffirm his upbeat demeanor. It's a celebratory affair, indeed -- especially on pieces such as "Thoughts of Miles (Freddie Freeloader)," where the musicians incorporate, yet shrewdly re-engineer Miles Davis' classic "Freddie Freeloader" into a personalized statement. Overall, Hamilton melds a little tenderness and pizzazz into a program that's springing with true sentiment. (Recommended.)

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2002
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0652405100924
catalogNumber: 51009

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chico Hamilton   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Joe Beck   Guitar
Larry Coryell   Guitar
Rodney Jones   Guitar
Cary DeNigris   Guitar
Erik Lawrence   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Karolina Strassmayer   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Evan Schwam   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Ramsey   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Chico Hamilton   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Cary DeNigris   Arranger
David Merrill   Engineer
Paul Weller   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Donald Elfman   Liner Notes
Bob Merrill   Composer
Jeffrey Andrew Caddick   Producer
Fred Guarino   Engineer
Jeff Chenault   Art Direction

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