Foreststorn ‘Chico’ HamiltonHITS with two new releases, each providing a different perspective on the Chico Hamilton EXPERIENCE!!
On "Dreams Come True" NEA Jazz MastersAndrew Hill and Chico Hamilton deliver a masterpiece of modern improvised music. These two giants are repositories of the history of this music, and here they create a document containing more than is stored in all the history books, sharing and preserving ancient stories and traditions through their mutual song.
"Rubbing against each other, this remarkable duo’s distinct, at times even antithetical, musical idioms are a master class in jazz linguistics. How they engage, prod and jab and lure each other, is a marvel to hear. Far from submerging their egos, they engage them fully- and connect." From Gene Santoro’s liner notes.
"Trio! Live @ Artpark" documents a blazing performance from a power trio led by Chico Hamilton, along with guitarist CaryDeNigris and bassist Matthew Garrison- the son of the late Jimmy Garrison. Witness the remarkable synergy and energy between the three as Hamilton leads his steeds through a series of originals and a heady romp on "Tickle Toe".
"Chico’s always got one foot solidly planted in the jazz tradition and yet he simultaneously strides forward with open ears and an open mind. On this live outing he mixes it up in volatile fashion with cats less than half his age, and he’s right there with them, bringing the funk, slamming with authority and swinging his ass off. Whatever the music calls for, Chico is fully committed, always dealing, strictly in the moment. And the results on this live outing are positively scintillating." From Bill Milkowski’s liner notes.
These releases, both recorded in the 90’s but not released until now, along with the "It's About Time!" and "The Alternative Dimensions of El Chico" EP's released in the Spring, exemplify Chico’s inherent timeliness, adventurous spirit, and the powerful synergy amongst his jazz consociates.