Chico Hamilton
Chico Hamilton Join jazz drummer and bandleader and NEA Jazz Master Foreststorn "Chico" Hamilton as he HITS with four breathtakingly remarkable new releases on Joyous Shout! in 2006 in celebration of his 85th birthday.

Hot on the heals of "Juniflip", Chico swings with GUSTO and VERVE on "Believe". Up front and center is a special guest appearance from legendary vocalist and R & B diva Fontella Bass on three tracks including: "Love Me A Long, Long Time" (a hit for the original Gerald Wilson band in the 40s!!); "Baby Wont You Please Come Home" out of the Lunceford songbook; and "Believe In Him", a Hamilton penned spiritual. Reprising his special guest appearance on "Juniflip" former Hamilton band member trombonist George Bohanon augments Chico’s working "Euphoria" group on six tracks including: the New Orelans swagger of "Evans-ville"; the chamber-like opening (reminiscent of Chico’s group of the 50s) of another swinger on "My Brother Don"; the Oliver Nelson hued "Bones, No Meat"; the gentle bossa-lilt of "My Brother Bernie"; the rollicking "Andrewmatic"; and on a swinging arrangement by Cary DeNigris of The Who’s "The Kids Are Alright". A slight touch near the end of "Juniflip", was the addition of percussionist Jeremy Carlstedt to Chico’s "Euphoria" mix, and with "Believe" Jeremy’s percussion permeates each track. Each of the other "Euphoria" band members stamps his unique and distinct voice to the different journey that is "Believe": whether its tenor saxist Evan Schwam blowing Illinois Jacquet-ish on P.O.D.s post-9/11 anthem "Alive"; bassist Paul Ramsey waxing poetic on his latina flavored "Christina"; guitarist Cary DeNigris brings us a tour de force on Chico’s "Arroyo" with its Spanish feel; or baritone saxist Andrew Hadro blowing for his life on "Andrewmatic". Always HIP and ever the consummate MODERNIST, Chico invites the listener along on another SINGULAR, SINGING and SWINGING adventure on "Believe", illustrating why Foreststorn "Chico" Hamilton is a NEA JAZZ MASTER and Still THE Man for EVERY GENERATION!!

Continuing this celebration of Chico’s 85th year, hitting the street 6/27/06 is "6th Avenue Romp", and 9/19/06 (a few days before Chico’s 85th Birthday on 9/21/06) is "Heritage".

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to purchase YOUR copy of "Believe", Chico's previous Joyous Shout! release "Juniflip" as well as other signed Chico Hamilton albums and memorabilia! Newly added are copies of the Toshiba-EMI Japanese exclusive limited edition remastered reissue of "Chico Hamilton Quintet Featuring Buddy Collette" (Pacific Jazz 1209), packaged in a miniature LP sleeve.

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