Scott Hamilton: Blues, Bop & Ballads
Working with a quartet on the ballads "Skylark" and "Answer Me," Hamilton expresses lyrical expression in his trademark vocal style. Elsewhere, the saxophonist adds horns and guitar in different combinations for rhythmic variety, and for a look at the jazz quintet approach that has woven itself firmly into the history of modern jazz. Trombonist Joel Helleny makes quite an impression with creative solo work on three selections, while bop trumpeter Greg Gisbert provides a bright tone and fresh approach elsewhere. His presence is particularly impressive on Coleman Hawkins’ "Stuffy," where the trumpeter runs up-tempo and bounces through his instrument’s full range with fresh ideas. Norman Simmons and Duke Robillard provide confidence and a laid-back ease that winds naturally through the program, particularly on Ike Quebec’s "Blue Harlem." Highly recommended, Hamilton’s latest album (his 36th for Concord) defines its title clearly and evokes nothing but beautiful art.
Track Listing: I Mean You; Blue Harlem; Rhythm Riff #127; Skylark; Wabash; Fish Market; Answer Me (My Love); Stuffy; Smile; Good Bait.Collective
Personnel: Scott Hamilton- tenor saxophone; Greg Gisbert- trumpet; Joel Helleny- trombone; Duke Robillard- guitar; Norman Simmons- piano; Dennis Irwin- bass; Chuck Riggs- drums.
Record Label: Concord Music Group