Be our guest and join us for EUPHORIC- Celebrating the Life & Music of Chico Hamilton @ 7:15 PM on Sunday November 11th, 2012 @ DROM, 85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th St) in the East Village, New York, NY 10009, Tel 212.777.1157 www.dromNYC.com. Cover $12 advance, $15 day of show. Please RSVP by Saturday November 10th.
Still creating vivid, positive, uplifting, and relevant music, NEA Jazz Master Foreststorn 'Chico' Hamilton will be appearing w/ his long-time Euphoria band w/ Nick Demopolous (guitar), Paul Ramsey (bass), Evan Schwam (flute + reeds), Mayu Saeki (flute) & Jeremy Carlstedt (drums + percussion).
In March of 2011, with his 90th birthday six months off, Foreststorn 'Chico' Hamilton trekked out of his New York City penthouse apartment to helm a marathon recording session resulting in 28 new tracks with his Euphoria group. No one woodsheds like a jazz drummer, and coming off a health setback during the Summer of 2010, Hamilton and his Euphoria group began sheding at weekly rehearsals at Hamilton's Penthouse A. These weekly rehearsals played an important part in Hamilton's rehabilitation, facilitated Hamilton and his group becoming very tight with each other and exploring places musically they had not previously gone together, and brought together a wealth of new original material, offered up in three courses, each of which is a different viewpoint of Hamilton's "Revelation".
The "Revelation" EP on 10" vinyl- Hamilton's very first recording as a leader, Chico Hamilton Trio in 1955 on Pacific Jazz with Howard Roberts & George Duvivier, was pressed up on 10" vinyl. So it seemed a fitting tribute to Chico's longevity as a leader for a selection of Chico originals, two tracks of which are exclusive to this format, 58 years later to be presented in the same format.
The "Euphoric" EP, on CD- Hamilton's very proud of each member of his Euphoria group, both in how they have matured as players and in how they have developed as composers. A testament to both the prowess of each group member as a composer, and to Hamilton's strength as a leader, this release is a tip of the hat from Hamilton to his Euphoria group gathering the group members original compositions together, half of which are exclusive to this format.
The "Revelation" CD- With 11 tracks exclusive to this format, "Revelation" opens and closes with a focus on Hamilton @ his drum kit, and in-between takes us on a different journey from both the melodic and rhythmic points of view. From the up-tempo Latin groove of "Evanly" with its vocal out chorus; the mid tempo swing of "No Way LA" & "Ten Minutes To Twelve"; the Lunceford-like band vocals on "Stompin' @ The Savoy" & "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got that Swing)"; to Hamilton's vocalizing on "Every Time I Smile"; the pastoral melodic beauty of "You're Not Alone"; the up-tempo funk of "Black Eyed Peas"; and the bossa funkiness of "Foot Prints in the Sand" with its starkly beautiful vocal out chorus- every track is like turning a page in a book that's holding you on the edge of your seat, your rapt attention dying to know what's next to be revealed. And indeed what a revelation are these 22 tracks!!
From the "Revelation" CD liner notes by Maxwell Chandler: "The excitement of new works from Chico is not derived from any absence as he has not stopped, nor is it due to the curiosity factor of seeing what type of artistic phase he is entering into. He does not create in that manner or care about such things, bringing the best of what he has found with him even if only as a component to further his forward moving trajectory. The excitement is due to the knowledge that here is an addition to the oeuvre of an artist who is the rare to find, possessor of freedom derived equally from intellect and soul."