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Ballad Essentials [Scott Hamilton]
2. Everything Happens to Me
3. My Foolish Heart
4. That's All
5. In a Sentimental Mood
6. I Should Care
7. Body and Soul
8. 'Round Midnight
9. My Romance
11. I'll Be Around
12. Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4885
Nick Phillips (Compilation)
Personnel includes: Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Alan Broadbent (arranger, tenor saxophone); Spike Robinson, Ken Peplowski (tenor saxophone); John Bunch, Nat Pierce, Dave McKenna, Norman Simmons, Brian Lemon, Gerry Wiggins (piano); Chris Flory, Cal Collins, Howard Alden (guitar); Phil Flanigan, Monty Budwig, Bob Maize, Dave Stone, Dennis Irwin, Dave Green (bass); Chuck Riggs, Jake Hanna, Roy McCurdy, Jeff Hamilton, Allan Ganley, Connie Kay (drums).
Recorded between 1977 and 1995. Includes liner notes by Scott Yanow.
Personnel: Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Chris Flory, Howard Alden, Cal Collins (guitar); Ken Peplowski, Spike Robinson (tenor saxophone); Dave McKenna, Gerry Wiggins, John Bunch, Alan Broadbent, Nat Pierce, Norman Simmons, Brian Lemon (piano); Connie Kay, Jake Hanna, Jeff Hamilton , Allan Ganley, Roy McCurdy, Chuck Riggs (drums).
Liner Note Author: Scott Yanow.
Photographer: David Sinclair .
Arranger: Alan Broadbent.
Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton is something of a jazz anomaly. Young enough to be part of the generation of players influenced by John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Ornette Coleman, he draws his primary inspiration from an earlier generation of saxophonists. Don Byas, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and, of course, Lester Young--the big-toned, warm, breathy tenor giants of the '30s and '40s--are the icons that fire Hamilton's approach. BALLAD ESSENTIALS is a superb cross-section of his work, recorded with various lineups for the Concord label between 1977 and 1995.
Unsurprisingly, the program is all standards, rendered with fabulous technique and delivered with genuine, unabashedly sentimental warmth. Hamilton's version of "Everything Happens To Me" could have melted the iceberg in TITANIC; his horn sings over a lush string section in an Alan Broadbent arrangement of "My Foolish Heart," and his transformation of Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" stands with any recorded version. Also featured are the great trad/swing pianists John Bunch and Dave McKenna, and fellow tenor Ken Peplowski. Innovative? Not exactly. Timeless swing/jazz ballads played with breathtaking beauty? Absolutely.
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