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“Jimmy Hamilton is hardly as well known as he deserves to be.” I didn’t say that (Stanley Dance did, in 1961) but I agree. While he gained recognition with Clarinet Summit in the ‘Eighties, and served long with Duke Ellington (1943-68), he is still less known than Barney Bigard, the man he replaced. He rarely led dates, and this disc gives you two of them, recorded two weeks apart. You get standards, blues, and a bit of tenor sax (surprising ...read more