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Bob Hamilton Trio: WixWax

Read "WixWax" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Pianist Bob Hamilton has released a finely wrought debut album on Capri. WixWax is a piano trio album consisting of seven originals plus two standards. Originally from Newark, New Jersey, and a resident of San Diego for the past six years, Hamilton has been on the payroll of James Moody, Joe Henderson and Frank Morgan over the years. It is from Morgan that Hamilton's fast and feathery touch has been singled out and his interpretation of Thelonious Monk's “Ruby, My ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Hamilton: WixWax

Read "WixWax" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

One of the appeals of improvised music is that it can put an infinite number of fresh spins on familiar ideas and, sometimes, even infuse new themes with a familiar feel. Although Bob Hamilton's WixWax consists of mostly original (seven out of nine) tunes, the music has a very familiar yet fresh feel to it. It's essentially modern bop-based jazz that doesn't necessarily break new ground, but nevertheless has enough surprises and freshness to delight even the most discriminating ears.


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