Chico Hamilton

Quintet 1958-59: Complete Studio Sessions (FSRCD 522)

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Quintet 1958-59: Complete Studio Sessions

Chico Hamilton

Fresh Sound Records


ABS 119635




Quintet 1958-59: Complete Studio Sessions

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Eric Dolphy (as, fl), Dennis Budimir (g), Nate Gershman, Fred Katz (cello), Wyatt Ruther, Ralph Peña (b) Chico Hamilton (d) a String Orchestra (9 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos)

RECORDED Hollywood, 1958-1959


1 Pottsville, U.S.A.
2 Don’s Delight
3 Andante
4 Fair Weather
5 Modes
6 Something To Live For
7 Speak Low
8 Strange
9 Close Your Eyes
10 Ev’rything I’ve Got
11 Long Ago (And Far Away)
12 I Gave My Love A Cherry
13 Beyond The Blue Horizon
14 Nature By Emerson
15 Tuesday At Two
16 Gongs East
17 Far East
18 Good Grief, Dennis

1 Passion Flower
2 Where I Live
3 Opening
4 Truth
5 Fat Mouth
6 Theme For A Starlet
7 Little Lost Bear
8 Champs Elysees
9 Pretty Little Theme
10 Lost In The Night
11 Frou Frou
12 Lullaby For Dreamers
13 Cawn Pawn
14 Lady “E”
15 More Than You Know
16 Newport News
17 Miss Movement

Chico Hamilton, a musician of extraordinary vision and understanding, knew the risks that small jazz bands take when they enter the so-called classical realms. So he licked the problem largely by selecting his men and materials with extreme caution and rare perspicacity. In the special talents of guitarist Dennis Budimir and cellist Nathan Gershman, the leader added two individual and skilled voices, one jazz-slanted and one classically oriented, but both highly flexible. And in Eric Dolphy, he acquired a remarkable instrumentalist whose command of horns and musical language ranged from Hodges to Parker. Dolphy was particularly outstanding in this third version of Hamilton’s quintet. He thoroughly understood the disparate concepts of pitch and tone that frequently stand in the way of those who would deal with both jazz and legitimate techniques. This set is, in essence, a summation of the evolution Chico Hamilton’s quintet had gone through before it reached the end of its time as a working group.