Chico Hamilton Quintet · Complete Studio Sessions 1956-1957
  • Pacific Jazz PJ-1225
    Pacific Jazz PJ-1225
  • World Pacific JWC-507
    World Pacific JWC-507
  • Decca DL 8614
    Decca DL 8614
  • World Pacific PJM-404
    World Pacific PJM-404

Chico Hamilton

Chico Hamilton Quintet · Complete Studio Sessions 1956-1957

Fresh Sound Records

Paul Horn (fl, cl, as, ts), John Pisano (g), Fred Katz (cello), Carson Smith (b), Chico Hamilton (d)

Reference: FSRCD 513

Bar code: 8427328605137


Late in the summer of 1956, Chico Hamilton's quintet was the hottest new combo in the country following a successful Eastern tour which included their appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival. Shortly after returning to Los Angeles, reedman Paul Horn and guitarist John Pisano joined, replacing Buddy Collette and Jim Hall. That Chico's quintet caught the flavour of the time was underlined by his high-profile appearance in the film 'Sweet Smell of Success.'

In his own words: "The new quintet maintained the high standard set by the original formation. I like the size of the group just as it is, Hamilton said. We can play just as funky as can be, then turn around and be dainty and petite. There's nothing pretentious about it. We are just trying to play good and in tune. I don't care if people call it jazz or whatever they want to. We just want to play good music."

01. I Know [Theme] (Jim Hall) 0:55
02. Chanel #5 (Carson Smith) 4:38
03. Beanstalk (Carson Smith) 5:15
04. September Song (Weill-Anderson) 3:34
05. Siete-Cuatro (Jim Hall) 4:50
06. Mr. Jo Jones (Chico Hamilton) 3:12
07. I Know [Theme] (Jim Hall) 0:37
08. Satin Doll (Duke Ellington) 4:37
09. Lillian (Fred Katz) 5:07
10. Reflections (Fred Katz) 5:26
11. Soft Winds (Benny Goodman) 4:49
12. Caravan (Ellington-Tizol-Mills) 3:21
13. Mr. Smith Goes To Town (Carson Smith) 2:53
14. I Know [Theme] (Jim Hall) 0:37
15. The Morning After (Chico Hamilton) 1:53
16. Blue Sands (Buddy Collette) 4:37
17. The Ghost (Buddy Collette) 3:05
18. Goodbye Baby (Katz-Hamilton) 4:56
19. Cheek To Chico (Katz-Hamilton) 2:06
20. Susan (Katz-Hamilton) 2:27
21. Sidney's Theme (Katz-Hamilton) 1:51
22. Jonalah (Katz-Hamilton) 2:10
23. Show Me (Lerner-Loewe) 3:26
24. I'm A Funny Dame (Karr-Dubey) 2:36

Album details

Tracks #1-12 & 14, from the 12-inch LP "Chico Hamilton Quintet" (Pacific Jazz PJ-1225)
Track #14, taken from the album "Jazz West Coast, Vol. III" (World Pacific JWC-507)
Tracks #15-17, from "Stars of Jazz" TV Show
Tracks #18-22 from the 12-inch LP "Sweet Smell of Success" (Decca DL 8614)
Tracks #23 & 24, from the album "Jazz Swings Broadway" (World Pacific PJM-404

Paul Horn (flute, clarinet, alto & tenor sax), John Pisano (guitar), Fred Katz (cello), Carson Smith (bass), Chico Hamilton (drums).
All sessions recorded in Los Angeles
Tracks #1-14, October 21 & 24, 1956
Tracks #15-17, December 4, 1956
Tracks #18-22, June 3, 1957
Tracks 23-24, August 12, 1957

Original recordings produced by Dick Bock (1-4 and 23-24), Jimmie Baker (15-17) and Sonny Burke (18-22)
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"This is the fourth Fresh Sound CD reissuing drummer Chico Hamilton's early ensembles to come out, and it is perhaps his most important grouping. The quintet played originals and standard covers that combined elements of Eastern and Western strains of mainstream and chamber jazz with instruments like flute, cello, and guitar. Hamilton created new music that some scratched their heads at, but most understood and enjoyed its softer tones and rounded edges. These studio works from four Los Angeles based sessions released on the Pacific Jazz, World Pacific, and Decca labels stem from the second version of Hamilton's quintet, which originally included Jim Hall and Buddy Collette. When Hall joined the Jimmy Giuffre trio, the tasteful guitarist John Pisano was recruited, then original woodwind player Buddy Collette left for greener pastures, and multi-instrumentalist Paul Horn was asked to join. Cellist Fred Katz and bassist Carson Smith remained, retaining the classical spirit of the group, but the addition of Pisano and Horn did nothing to diminish what the ensemble sound had attained, and would embellish. And it is their compositions that distinguish this music from any other group of the era, save that of Dave Brubeck.

Carson Smith's "Chanel #5" is a fluid, sprightly flute/cello waltz with Horn's Paul Desmond style alto sax added on. "Beanstalk" is an easy swinger merging melodies of "Love Me or Leave Me" and "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," while "Mr. Smith Goes to Town" takes off with Smith's witty bass leading the charge. Of the classically oriented compositions of Katz, the beautiful ballad "Lillian" is as romantic as can be with Horn's alto singing his heart out, while "Reflections" has Horn's evocative and pristine flute countering a pristine cello from the author. Hall's tunes remained in the repertoire, especially the extraordinary "Siete-Cuatro" in 7/8 with ostinato bass, Horn's wonderful textures on alto, repeat guitar lines, legato cello, and tambourine accents. There are three abbreviated versions of Hall's band theme "I Know," a classic read of "Satin Doll," an intriguing calypso infused "Soft Winds," an outstanding take of "September Song" where Horn's clarinet and the cello of Katz weep mournfully about the change of season and lost love, and a fine flute front loaded Latin snake charmer style identifying the classic "Caravan." Collette also left behind "Blue Sands" and "The Ghost," performed on the Stars of Jazz ABC television program on Christmas Eve of 1956. The former is an exotic discourse in mysterious notions, the latter using very clever interplay between the five instrumentalists. Hamilton plays brushes and little instruments for the most part, composed two tracks where he is the featured soloist, and co-composed another four with Katz that appeared in the film of Sweet Smell of Success.

There is a full CD of that movie soundtrack available on a separate CD that is the fifth reissued Fresh Sound CD featuring this ensemble. While this is not absolutely the complete studio recordings of this legendary ensemble, it is ultimately substantive, representing a marvelous sound that is as appealing as any in the modern post-bop idiom, and ranks favorably with any chamber jazz attempts of any era."

Michael G. Nastos -All Music Guide


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