Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chico Hamilton - 1966 - The Dealer

Chico Hamilton 
The Dealer

01. The Dealer 6:20
02. For Mods Only 4:24
03. A Trip 6:35
04. Baby, You Know 3:55
05. Larry Of Arabia 5:08
06. Thoughts 6:28
07. Jim-Jeannie 5:45

Alto Saxophone – Arnie Lawrence (tracks: A1 to A4, B2, B3)
Bass – Richard Davis
Drums, Percussion – Chico Hamilton
Guitar [Introducing] – Larry Coryell

Recorded September 18, 1966.

Drummer Chico Hamilton introduced many top young players during his years as a bandleader, but few probably realize that Larry Coryell made his recording debut with Chico a year before joining Gary Burton's quartet. The Dealer marks Coryell's initial appearance on record, and at times he sounded oddly like Chuck Berry (especially on "The Dealer"). Also heard on this set are altoist Arnie Lawrence, bassist Richard Davis, organist Ernie Hayes (on two numbers), and, on his spirited boogaloo "For Mods Only," Archie Shepp making a rare appearance on piano. Most of the performances still sound surprisingly fresh, especially the explorative "A Trip," making this an underrated but worthy release.



  2. The Impulse! CD reissue you've posted has some good bonus tracks from several early 60's Hamilton albums yet to be re-released on CD in their entirety. Some of these tracks feature Gabor Szabo (not Coryell) on guitar as well as Charles Lloyd on flute. Chico Hamilton is a very idiosyncratic drummer/bandleader who basically falls into his own jazz category. Thanks for the post.