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   Plays Ballads



Год издания : 1989

Компания звукозаписи : Concord Jazz, (ru)

Музыкальный стиль : Swing, Mainstream Jazz

Время звучания : 56:05

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Saxophone - Smooth)      

Its title accurately describes the romantic music on this CD. The warm tenor of Scott Hamilton (accompanied by pianist John Bunch, guitarist Chris Flory, bassist Phil Flanigan and drummer Chuck Riggs) brings out a great deal of beauty on 11 ballads, including his own "Two Eighteen" and a variety of veteran melodies.

- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

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Arching back, with his eyes closed, Scott Hamilton is filling the recording studio with smoky, late-night sax sounds, and undercurrents of longing and loss. As he plays Maybe September, I almost can't believe that this music-so much in the tradition of past sax masters-is being made in 1989. The clamor of Manhattan's midtown, which I'd been hearing before entering the studio just a few minutes earlier, now seems a world away. And I'm thinking, too, as I listen, that this particular performance is prime Scott Hamilton.

"I've wanted to do a ballad recording for a long, long time," Hamilton comments later. "I've gotten numerous requests from people who've been putting together ballad tapes from my records." Back in the 1950s and 1960s, jazz ballad albums were common; today, producers almost invariably aim for maximum variety. "But those ballad albums fulfilled a need," Hamilton notes, adding he often put them on before going to bed. You'll be able to put this recording on late at night, too, without worrying that suddenly a screaming uptempo thing is going to ruin the mood.

One cut I particularly like, In A Sentimental Mood, was recorded as an unplanned "extra," after the session was officially over. "Sometimes that works really well when everybody thinks the date is over and you do one more tune," Hamilton observes. "The pressure's off. Everyone's relaxed." As for 'Round Midnight, he notes: "I'd been thinking of doing it for years; then when the movie came out I decided to put it off for awhile because everybody was doing it." Everybody has recorded it now, but Hamilton's is one of the most appealing versions I've heard.

Hamilton plays by ear; he doesn't read music. And at times, as is the case with his attractive interpretation of I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her, he'll recast the melody a bit when he plays it. (If you're curious as to how the melody sounded straight, it's sung by Peter Marshall, who introduced it, on the Broadway cast album of Skyscraper, Hamilton, needless to say, finds more in the tune.)

Two Eighteen, dedicated to Hamilton's wife, Manami (whose birth date is February eighteenth), is the first wholly original number Hamilton's written, not based on a familiar chord progression.

As for Body and Soul (CD only) - "I've been playing this for 20 years, but I've never really made a proper recording of it. I spent a long time looking for my approach. In the last couple of years, I've come up with some new ideas on it." (Compare this with Hamilton's first recording of it in the 1970s, and you'll see how much he's grown as a musician.)

"Laura (CD only) is one of the first ballads I ever played and I never recorded it. This performance owes more than a little bit to Don Byas; in fact, it's a steal. Nobody's going to play it better than Don Byas; he wrapped it up." Some of these numbers (like Emily) have been in Hamilton's repertoire for years. Others (like Beautiful Friendship, which Hamilton knew from versions by Tony Bennett and Duke Ellington) he selected just for the recording date. When Hamilton, who's now 34, first came on the scene in the 1970s, many critics viewed him as an anachronism, playing sax much the way greats who had come up in the 1930s and 1940s were playing in the 1950s and 1960s. Why, some wondered, wasn't he exploring jazz-rock fusion (which some then presumed represented the future of jazz)? Actually, although no one could have guessed it in the mid 1970s, Hamilton represented the advance guard of a whole cadre of young players who have been re-discovering and re-interpreting older traditions in jazz. Connecting with various older traditions-now viewed as classic- has been a prime concern of many of the most impressive players who've emerged in the past 15 years, from the assorted young stars of the Concord label to the brothers Marsalis. Those of us who worried in the mid 1970s that jazz-rock fusion was going to smother everything else, worry no longer. Scott Hamilton is extending a great tradition, and his continuing growth only gives us further reassurance.

-Chip Deffaa


  Соисполнители :

Chris Flory (Guitar)
Chuck Riggs (Drums)
John Bunch (Piano)
Phil Flanigan (Bass)


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   1 I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her     T       0:04:18 Cahn / VanHeusen
   2 Dream Dancing         0:06:17 Porter
   3 'Round Midnight         0:06:01 Hanighen / Monk / Williams
   4 Two Eighteen         0:04:51  
   5 Laura     T       0:04:54  
   6 Maybe September         0:03:44  
   7 Emily         0:04:57  
   8 In A Sentimental Mood     T       0:05:01 Ellington / Kurtz / Mills
   9 A Beautiful Friendship         0:05:32 Kahn / Styne
   10 Body And Soul     T       0:05:26 Eyton / Green / Heyman / Sour
   11 Embraceable You     T       0:05:04 Gershwin / Gershwin

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