Bob Hamilton Trio: WixWax (2007)
Hamilton uses this opportunity to showcase his originals and, on the first two selections"Albino Frankie" and "Isabella's Invention"his up-tempo playing style. In the liner notes, Hamilton cites Oscar Peterson and Count Basie as influences. It is easy enough to hear traces of Peterson on the up-tempo and blues-based tunes, but he has also absorbed a major part of his jazz vocabulary from bebop modernists. On the melodic "Grace" and "Irena Anna," Hamilton displays his ballad touch. On Wayne Shorter's "Lester Left Town," a bebop tune most often associated with the repertoire of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers circa 1960, Hamilton skillfully navigates its twists and turns for one of the album's highlights. Victor Young's "Love Letters" closes the album as an attractive ballad.
One of the most positive aspects of WixWax is the interactive aspect of the trio. Bassist Jeff D'Angelo gets a few solos, including the opening of "Isabella's Invention," and drummer Duncan Moore demonstrates plenty of snap, crackle and pop. This trio has an intuitive sound and feels like a working group.
Track Listing: Albino Frankie; Isabella's Invitation; Grace; Dining and Dancing; Lester Left Town; Irena Anna; WixWax; I Can't Remember a Thing; Love Letters.
Personnel: Bob Hamilton: piano; Jeff D'Angelo: bass; Duncan Moore: drums.