Chico Hamilton | The Inquiring Mind

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The Inquiring Mind

by Chico Hamilton

Chico continues to keep time in rhythm and emotion
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Joy of Spring
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2. Money Wish
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3. Up to You
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4. Perdido
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5. Hope
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6. Who Knows?
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7. Nice Lick
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8. Cho = Chico Hamilton Organization
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9. Nate’s Night
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10. Tone Poem
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11. 534 Play
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12. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
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13. Gateway to the Inquiring Mind
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14. If Tomorrow Never Comes, Where Is Today
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15. Reluctant
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16. Albert’s Tune
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17. Nate Sure
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18. No Wheels
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton, who died 11/25/13 at the age of 92, has been saluted by the Kennedy Center as a “Living Jazz Legend”, appointed to the President’s Council on the Arts, and this recipient of a NEA Jazz Master fellowship was considered one of the most important jazz artists and composers, creating vivid, positive, uplifting, engaging & relevant music until the end of his life. This past October Hamilton recorded newly composed material with his long-standing Euphoria ensemble, with Paul Ramsey on bass, Evan Schwam on flute, baritone, tenor, alto & soprano saxes, Jeremy Carlstedt on drums, Nick Demopolous on guitar & Mayu Saeki on flute, along with featured guest appearances from trombonist George Bohanon and fellow NEA Jazz Master trumpeter Jimmy Owens, for his “The Inquiring Mind” CD, out now.

From “The Inquiring Mind” CD liner notes by Maxwell Chandler: “Chico occupies a rarefied place among few other artists. His musicianship is not just about virtuosity delivered via a now familiar voice but an organically occurring enmeshment with his art, the drums and other percussion being not merely his instrument but his voice, his ensemble(s) the canvas upon which he paints with his compositions. This album presents a catalyst for aurally induced reverie. A thousand thoughts, each a color which further paints a picture that is always compelling; emphasizing different aspects of itself with each listen. In the ultimate act of entrainment, our heartbeats echo the distant throb of the big bang. Now the universe sets its toes to tapping to the sound of the cymbals. Everyone is happy for the same reasons but each in their own way. Chico continues to keep time in rhythm and emotion”.

Always HIP and ever the consummate MODERNIST Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton invites his listeners to join him on a different journey on his Joyous Shout! releases, each providing a unique perspective and exemplify what was Chico’s inherent timeliness, adventurous spirit, and the power synergy amongst his jazz consociates, illustrating why Chico was and is STILL THE MAN for EACH & EVERY GENERATION!!

Join us for as the monthly concert series Euphoria Presents “Celebrating the Life & Music of Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton” continues on Sundays March 16th, April 27th, May 18th & June 22nd @ 7:15 PM @ DROM, 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th Streets) in the East Village, New York City, Tel 212.777.1157. Cover $12 advance, $15 day of show.


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Jessica Rand/Jazz Society of Oregon & KMHD-FM Radio/Oregon Publi

How do you keep the title “Living Jazz Legend” after you pass?
The Inquiring Mind, Chico Hamilton.
How do you keep the title “Living Jazz Legend” after you pass? Release a record three months later and still blow people away.

Legendary drummer Chico Hamilton, who passed away at the age of 92 on November 25, released his 65th and final studio recording on February 25. The new record features his longtime band, Euphoria, who will be continuing to perform in his honor for the first half of 2014.

Hamilton will be remembered for his subtle and interesting instrumentation, the series of quintets he led from 1955-1965, and his ability to talent scout. His first band featured Jim Hall on guitar, Buddy Collette on reeds, Carson Smith on bass, and Fred Katz on cello. Charles Lloyd, Eric Dolphy, and Gabor Szabo were also later members of the quintet, which will always be championed for being one of the last great West Coast jazz groups. He helped put California on the jazz map in the 1950s.

The posthumous album is cool, groovin’ and relatively eclectic. The opening track, “Joy of Spring,” combines samba grooves, creating the exciting ramp up for the most beautiful season of life.

Perhaps the best track on the record, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind,” has a mellow, late-night feeling: a hipshaking slink with touch of sleaze. It’s mildly sexy — the way classic jazz did a terrific job of it in the past. Evan Schwam’s saxophone captures the essence of Chico Hamilton’s vision on this original composition.

“Tone Poem” is contemplative and sober, while “Money Wish,” is jaunty, enticing, and fun. “Cho = Chico Hamilton Organization” is solid 60’s West Coast, mid-tempo hardbop, creating a feeling of a mildly hot, Southern California day.

“The Inquiring Mind” is proof that a creative mind doesn’t fall away with age. The album takes the listener on a journey, oscillating from warm to cool, fast to slow, fusing in waltz, samba, bop, and blues. The album, Chico Hamilton’s last, is the product of a man who lived a jazz life to his fullest.
2014, Joyous Shout! Records.