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Jon Hamar


Jon Hamar is a versatile artist who’s ability to find a tasteful, unique voice in any musical situation has made him a staple in the Northwest music scene. Hamar’s friendly nature, sense of humor and work ethic has kept him busy as a freelance bassist in multiple genres, composer and educator. I 2003 Jon released a “mostly” solo bass cd on Pony Boy Records featuring his own compositions as well as arrangements of songs that he grew up listening to. “I looked back to those songs that upon hearing for the first time I could not stop singing in my head.” This resulted in an “amazing selection of solo upright works that captivate the imagination and free the mind


Merry & Bright

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: It’s the Holiday Season; Caroling Caroling; The Little Drummer Boy; Let It Snow! Let It Snow!; Bright Bright the Holly Berries; It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year; Here Comes Santa Claus; Santa Baby; O Tannenbaum; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.


It's Not Business, It's Personal

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Miami Vince; Afterthought; The Presence of Absence; Kumasi; Gray Skies; Forward Motion; Modal Horizon; Nerds of Steel.


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 ...


Song of the Day

Gray Skies

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 07:10


Catch Me If You Can

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Make Me Rainbows; Helen’s Song; Catch Me If You Can; The Pond; Lapinha; The Barn; Bucket O’ Fat; Bijou; Big Dipper; Moonray.


Article: 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 ...


Will Boyd Live at the Red Piano Lounge

Label: Will Boyd Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: GW Blues Brown Family Get Down Shamena Waltz for Rena Kujidon Go Down Moses Akane Smile Kumiko Momma Don't Allow


Article: Album Review

Unhinged Sextet: Don't Blink

Read "Don't Blink" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Unhinged Sextet is a strong candidate for the best band you'll never hear in a live performance. The members of this cooperative ensemble are spread out across the country, earning their daily bread by training the next generation of musicians, with an emphasis on jazz studies, at various universities. They join forces for brief periods in ...


Article: Album Review

Unhinged Sextet: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The mainstream of jazz could use more recordings like Clarity, a recently released venture by the cooperative Unhinged Sextet. On every track there's something genuinely enjoyable and thought provoking going on, yet the disc doesn't suffer from information overload. The sense of excessive exertion, overt athleticism, sanctimonious references to key points of the jazz tradition--not to ...


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