Friday, 21 June 2013

Jazz Funk: Chico Hamilton's Nomad (1980)

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Chico Hamilton

”Nomad”
( LP Elektra Records, 1980 )
Catalog # GE 257

Chico Hamilton (born Foreststorn Hamilton, September 20, 1921), is an American jazz drummer and bandleader.

Tracklisting:
A1 Magic Fingers (5:03)
A2 Mysterious Maiden (6:09)
A3 Nomad (8:56)
B1 Alekasam (6:56)
B2 Denise (7:44)
B3 Strut (5:47)

Personnel & Credits:
Backing Vocals – Augie Johnson, Greg Matta, Miki Howard
Bass – Kenny Gradney, Nathaniel Phillips
Drums – Chico Hamilton
Drums [Syndrums] – Shondu Akiem
Engineer [Mixing] – Hank Sanicola
Engineer [Recording] – Mike Evans
Guitar – Kimbo
Keyboards – Carlie Munoz
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman, Hank Sanicola
Percussion – Vance ‘Mad Dog’ Tenort
Producer – Wayne Henderson
Notes: Mastered at A&M Studio
Recorded at Kendun Recorders,
Total Experience Recording Studios,
Ocean Way Recording Studios

Notes:
Mastered at A&M Studio
Recorded at Kendun Recorders, Total Experience Recording Studios, Ocean Way Recording Studios
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:US
Released:1980

Review:
Electric funky Chico Hamilton! This one’s an oft-overlooked gem from the end of the 70s – a batch of sweet electric fusion tunes that sounds unlike anything else we can think of by Chico – with a cool and spacey sound that feels more like work coming out of Fantasy Records at the time, or CTI years before, than mainstream jazz on a major label! The album was produced by Wayne Henderson, and has a sweetly soulful quality that’s really great – adding in some backing vocals on a few tracks for a mellow, Henderson-esque soul approach – and going for some more full-on jazz grooving on other numbers. The set features lots of great guitar and keyboard work – still in the exotic rhythm progressions that you’d recognize from Chico’s earlier years, but given a great 70s electric twist! Tracks include “Mysterious Maiden”, “Alekasam”, “Nomad”, “Strut”, and “Magic Fingers”.
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''Alekasam''

Biography by Scott Yanow (AMG):
Chico Hamilton, a subtle and creative drummer, will probably always be better known for the series of quintets that he led during 1955-1965 and for his ability as a talent scout than for his fine drumming. Hamilton first played drums while in high school with the many fine young players (including Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, and Charles Mingus) who were in Los Angeles at the time. He made his recording debut with Slim Gaillard, was house drummer at Billy Berg's, toured with Lionel Hampton, and served in the military (1942-1946). In 1946, Hamilton worked briefly with Jimmy Mundy, Count Basie, and Lester Young (recording with Young). He toured as Lena Horne's drummer (on and off during 1948-1955), and gained recognition for his work with the original Gerry Mulligan piano-less quartet (1952-1953). In 1955, Hamilton put together his first quintet, a chamber jazz group with the reeds of Buddy Collette, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Carson Smith, and cellist Fred Katz. One of the last important West Coast jazz bands, the Chico Hamilton Quintet was immediately popular and appeared in a memorable sequence in 1958's Jazz on a Summmer's Day and the Hollywood film The Sweet Smell of Success. The personnel changed over the next few years (with Paul Horn and Eric Dolphy heard on reeds, cellist Nate Gersham, guitarists John Pisano and Dennis Budimir, and several bassists passing through the group) but it retained its unusual sound. By 1961, Charles Lloyd was on tenor and flute, Gabor Szabo was the new guitarist, and soon the cello was dropped in favor of trombone (Garnett Brown and later George Bohanon), giving the group an advanced-hard bop style.
In 1966, Chico Hamilton started composing for commercials and the studios and he broke up his quintet. However, he continued leading various groups, playing music that ranged from the avant-garde to erratic fusion and advanced hard bop. Such up-and-coming musicians as Larry Coryell (1966), Steve Potts (1967), Arthur Blythe, Steve Turre (on bass, surprisingly), and Eric Person (who played in Hamilton's '90s group Euphoria) were among the younger players he helped discover. In 1989, Chico Hamilton had a recorded reunion with the original members of his 1955 quintet (with Pisano in Hall's place), and in the 1990s he made a number of records for Soul Note.

Main Discography:
As leader:
1955: Chico Hamilton Trio (10" LP)
1955: Chico Hamilton Quintet feat. Buddy Collette
1960: Original Chico Hamilton Quintet
1956: Chico Hamilton Quintet In Hi-Fi
1956: Chico Hamilton Trio (12" LP)
1957: Chico Hamilton Quintet
1957: Zen: The Music Of Fred Katz
1957: Sweet Smell Of Success
1958: South Pacific In Hi-Fi
1958: Chico Hamilton Trio intro. Freddie Gambrel
1959: Ellington Suite (1958 version with Eric Dolphy released 2000)
1959: With Strings Attached
1959: Gongs East!
1959: The Three Faces Of Chico
1959: That Hamilton Man
1960: Bye Bye Birdie/Irma La Douce
1960 'Chico Hamilton Special
1962: Drumfusion
1962: Litho
1962: A Different Journey
1962: Passin' Thru (Impulse!)
1963: The Great Chico Hamilton Featuring Paul Horn (Crown Records CLP 5341)
1963: Man from Two Worlds (Impulse!)
1965: Chic Chic Chico (Impulse!)
1966: El Chico (Impulse!)
1966: The Further Adventures of El Chico (Impulse!)
1966: The Dealer (Impulse!)
1967: The Best of Chico Hamilton
1968: The Gamut
1969: The Head Hunters
1970: El Exigente/The Demanding One
1973: The Master
1974: Live At Montreux (with Albert King and Little Milton)
1975: Peregrinations
1976: The Players
1977: Catwalk
1979: Reaching For The Top
1980: Nomad
1988: Euphoria
1990: Transfusion
1991: Reunion
1992: Arroyo
1993: Trio!
1994: My Panamanian Friend (The Music Of Eric Dolphy)
1994: Dancing To A Different Drummer
1998: Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings of the Chico Hamilton Quintet
1999 Timely
2000: Original Ellington Suite (recorded 1958)
2001: Foreststorn
2002: Thoughts Of...
2006: Juniflip
2006: Believe
2006: 6th Avenue Romp
2006: Heritage
2007: Hamiltonia
2007: Mysterious Maiden 12” 180 gram vinyl
2008: It's About Time EP
2008: Chico Hamilton Presents: Alternative Dimensions of El Chico EP
2008: Andrew Hill and Chico Hamilton- Dreams Come True
2008: Trio! Live @ Artpark
2009: The Alternative Dimensions of El Chico 12” double vinyl
2009: Twelve Tones of Love
2011: Revelation EP 10" vinyl
2011: Euphoric EP
2011: Revelation
As sideman:
With Gábor Szabó
Spellbinder (Impulse!, 1966)
(From Wikipedia)

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''Magic Fingers''


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