Chico Hamilton

Plays South Pacific and Ellington Suite (FSR 2257)

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Plays South Pacific and Ellington Suite

Chico Hamilton

Jazzcity Series


ABS 123976

FSR 2257



Plays South Pacific and Ellington Suite

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CD 8,25 €

Featuring: Chico Hamilton (d), Fred Katz (cello), Buddy Collette (as, ts), Paul Horn (as, fl), John Pisano, Jim Hall (g), Hal Gaylor, Carson Smith (b)

Includes a 16-page booklet with accurate recording details, original liner-notes and rare photos.

The Chico Hamilton Quintet—in the first of the two albums included reshapes eleven pieces of the popular Broadway show “South Pacific” into new patterns of sound and rhythm. Chico explained that they had “kept the jazz sounds wherever we felt there should be jazz. The tunes were extremely difficult to arrange because the majority were both good and simple; one of the hardest things in music is to retain simplicity.” The arrangements of Paul Horn, Hal Gaylor, John Pisano, Carson Smith and Calvin Jackson left us one of the happiest renditions of this show.

On the second album, the original Hamilton quintet, plus Paul Horn, reunited to play a fine collection of Ellington originals with the understanding and rare perspicacity only they could provide. The group operates entirely within a flexible framework, provided by Carson Smith’s arrangements. The men are all highly capable, and the solo work is very good. Buddy Collette’s tenor and Jim Hall’s lucid guitar are great assets to this set. Ellington’s subject matter, combined with Hamilton’s brilliant colors, produced a set that is as delightful as it is intriguing.

All the music you will find here is attractive and very much alive; you have two fabulous groups led by Hamilton to thank for it.


01. A Wonderful Guy
02. This Nearly Was Mine
03. Dites Moi
04. Some Enchanted Evening
05. Bali Ha’i
06. There Is Nothing Like a Dame
07. Younger than Springtime
08. Happy Talk
09. A Cockeyed Optimist
10. Honey Bun
11. I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right out of My Hair
12. Take the “A” Train
13. Everything but You
14. Lucky So and So
15. Azure
16. I’m Beginning to See the Light
17. In a Mellotone
18. Sittin’ and Rockin’
19. In a Sentimental Mood
20. Day Dream
21. It Don’t Mean a Thing

Total time: 76:00 min.

Original sources:

Tracks #1-11 from "Chico Hamilton Plays South Pacific in Hi-Fi"
(World Pacific ST-1003).

Tracks #12-21 from "The Chico Hamlton Quintet / Ellington Suite"
(World Pacific ST-1016).

Personnel on "South Pacific":

Chico Hamilton (d), Fred Katz (cello, arr on #9), Paul Horn (as, fl, arr on #2,8), John Pisano (g, arr on #4,5), Hal Gaylor (b, arr on #1,10). Carson Smith (arr on #6 & 7), Calvin Jackson (arr on #3 & 11).

All compositions by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II.

Recorded in Los Angeles, at Forum Theatre, on January 15,24,29 & 30, 1958.

Personnel on "Ellington Suite":

Chico Hamilton (d), Buddy Collette (cello), Paul Horn (as, fl), Jim Hall (g), Fred Katz (cello), Carson Smith (b). All arrangements by Carson Smith.

Recorded in Los Angeles, on January 9 & 12, 1959.