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Article: 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 ...

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Article: 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, ...

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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 ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir

Read "Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir" reviewed by Jim Worsley


With so many talented jazz pianists over the years, it can be a challenge to make your own mark or carve out your own identity. Many fine musicians have simply blended into the scene, seemingly unnoticed, due to a lack of singularity that sets them apart. Tamir Hendelman crashes that barrier with a signature sound that ...

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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 ...

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Article: 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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Hamilton Trio: Great American Songs Through the Years

Read "Great American Songs Through the Years" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


In a sonic climate full of studio fixes, it's always refreshing to hear something real--especially when it's executed with this level of excellence. At this point the Jeff Hamilton Trio has been together for over a decade, and it shows in their relaxed and seamless interplay. On this CD, a limited reissue of a 2013 Japanese ...

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Article: Live Review

Jeff Hamilton Trio at Arizona Musicfest

Read "Jeff Hamilton Trio at Arizona Musicfest" reviewed by Patricia Myers


Jeff Hamilton Trio Fairway House at Grayhawk Arizona Musicfest Scottsdale, Arizona February 13, 2014 The Jeff Hamilton Trio's performance at Arizona Musicfest was aptly and enticingly billed as “Paragon of Groove," and the combo delivered that groove from first note to last. Hamilton's precise power and nuanced sensitivity ...

Article: Album Review

Jeff Hamilton Trio: Red Sparkle

Read "Red Sparkle" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Frutto di una collaborazione decennale e di una straordinaria intesa musicale, Red Sparkle documenta il dialogo e l'interplay di tre musicisti e la loro intensa affinità con il jazz. La scaletta ben congegnata parte con un pezzo di facile ascolto dai toni blues “Ain't That a Peach," dedicato al trombettista Snooky Young, seguito da una “Bye ...


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