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Album Review

Jeff Hamilton Trio: Merry & Bright

Read "Merry & Bright" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After thinking for many years about producing an album of holiday songs, drummer Jeff Hamilton finally took the plunge in March 2021, recording with his trio the delightful Merry & Bright whose seasonal perspective is far more contemporary than traditional, with only one of its ten selections ("O Tannenbaum") predating the mid-twentieth century. The mood is for the most part temperate and easygoing, a charming showcase for Hamilton's superlative brush work and deft interplay by all hands. ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Happy Holidays from the Jeff Hamilton trio

Read "Happy Holidays from the Jeff Hamilton trio" reviewed by David Bixler


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Bailey's Bundles

Christmas 2021

Read "Christmas 2021" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The Holiday Season is enough to make anyone come out of hibernation. Here are some holiday recordings worthy of consideration. SWR Vokalensemble, Marcus Creed, Director In Dulci Jubilo: Weihnachtskonzerte von Michael Praetorius SWR Classic 2021 “For in heaven we all have to make music..." so says composer Michael Praetorius, the subject of Marcus Creed and the SWR Radio Choir's In Dulci Jubilo, the group's more tightly focused follow-up to 2020's partly old and ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Jeff Hamilton, Charles McPherson & The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Read "Jeff Hamilton, Charles McPherson & The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From one of the finest drummers in the jazz world, we begin the 694th Episode of Neon Jazz with Jeff Hamilton and a song off his latest album. We also profile a host of musicians releasing some quality new music including Bobby Wiens, Chico Pinheiro, David Gilmore and Charles McPherson. We say goodbye to actor and banjo player who dabbled in the jazz arts, George Segal. We wrap up this episode with the big sound of The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. ...

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Album Review

Jeff Hamilton Trio: Catch Me If You Can

Read "Catch Me If You Can" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Any trio anchored by drummer Jeff Hamilton has a clear head start when compared to any would-be rivals. That's because Hamilton's unerring and tasteful timekeeping and resourceful use of brushes and sticks would be any trio's dream come true. In this case it's Hamilton's own trio, recording at least the sixteenth album under that name, the bulk of them with the superb Israeli-born pianist Tamir Hendelman at his side and, this time, with bassist Jon Hamar replacing longtime partner Christoph ...

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Album Review

Jeff Hamilton: Live from San Pedro

Read "Live from San Pedro" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Together 17 years and counting, the Jeff Hamilton Trio presents another exceptional session of music captured in a one-night live performance at the Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA simply titled Live from San Pedro. Along with pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Christoph Luty, drummer Hamilton and crew touch on a host of creative compositions including the Monk standard “In Walked Bud," the classic from the Ahmad Jamal songbook, “Poinciana," the Hammerstein/Rodgers ballad, “I Have Dreamed," and “Hoosier Friend," a ...

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Album Review

Jeff Hamilton Trio: Great American Songs Through the Years

Read "Great American Songs Through the Years" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Jeff Hamilton, by any measure one of the more tasteful and talented jazz drummers on the scene, has kept his working trio (Tamir Hendelman, piano; Christoph Luty, bass) together for more than a decade. There's a good reason for that: Hendelman and Luty are kindred souls, and as accomplished in their own way as Hamilton is in his. Collectively, they form an inspired and seamless unit that makes every note and phrase seem deceptively credible and polished, as is the ...


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