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Jeff Hamilton Trio ‘Live From San Pedro’ (2018)

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Jeff Hamilton Trio ‘Live From San Pedro’ (2018) Capri Records 74147-2


TRACKLIST
1. Sybille’s Day (J.Hamilton)
2. Poinciana (B.Bernier-N.Simon)
3. Hammer’s Tones (G.Robert)
4. I Have Dreamed (O.Hammerstein-R.Rodgers)
5. In Walked Bud (T.Monk)
6. Gina’s Groove (J.Clayton)
7. Brush This (J.Clayton)
8. Bennissimo (T.Hendelman)
9. Gary,Indiana (M.Willson)
10.Hoosier Legend (J.La Barbera)


LINEUP
Jeff Hamilton – drums
Tamir Hendelman – piano
Christoph Luty – bass

Executive Producer:Thomas C. Burns
Producer:Jeff Hamilton
Recorded at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro,CA Jan. 8,2017
Recording Enginner:Bill Smith
Mixing Engineer:Steve Genewick
Mastering Engineer:Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios
Photography:Ronn Dunnett
Graphic Design:Todd Reid

Album Notes:Geoffrey C. Ward

Jeff Hamilton Trio has been together for over 17 years and this is their first live recording for Capri! It was recorded in the intimate setting of Alva’s Showroom in San Pedro California before an audience of friends and die-hard fans. The tunes are made up of 3 standards including a delightful version of Poinciana, I Have Dreamed from the team of Rogers and Hammerstein and Thelonious Monk’s In Walked Bud as well as originals by Hamilton, John Clayton, Tamir Hendelman, Meredith Willson, Joe La Barbara and George Robert. The CD is dedicated to Jeff’s mom who passed away 16 days after the recording was made.


Audiophile Audition
Pierre Giroux
February 9 2018

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Jeff Hamilton is a drummer of peerless taste and swing. When coupled with his longtime cohorts pianist Tamir Hendelman, and bassist Christoph Luty the resulting ensemble is one of the most accomplished and invigorating trios working in today’s jazz world. Their latest release Live From San Pedro is a delightful reflection of that embodiment.
Recorded live in a single performance at the Alvas Showroom in San Pedro California on January 8, 2017, the trio teases out a scintillating session composed of a well recognized bop classic, show tunes, a revisited iconic number from the Ahmad Jamal playbook, and several original numbers from the band members.
Let’s begin with the Thelonious Monk piece “In Waked Bud” which Monk wrote for pianist Bud Powell. The idiosyncratic interpretation offered by Monk is not contemplated by Hendelman. Rather it is a statement of smoothness and energy, interjected with some deft bass work by Luty, and Hamilton doing his compelling drumming to propel the group along.
The show tunes are deliciously represented by “I Have Dreamed” by Rodgers and Hammerstein from The King And I and Meredith Willson’s “Gary, Indiana” from The Music Man. The former opens with an arco bass passage from bassist Luty, followed by a captivatingly poignant Heldelman offering of the melody, before his solo interventions. On the latter, Willson would not recognize the samba interpretation that Hendelman embarks on, with the support of the tireless brush work of Hamilton.
“Poinciana”written by Buddy Bernier and Nate Simon in 1936, was based on a Cuban folk song “ La cancםon del בrbol”. Although frequently recorded, it never really quite caught on until pianist Ahmad Jamal brought out his rendition in 1958 on the album But Not For Me, Live at the Pershing. Jamal used his minimalist approach and extended vamps and stop time choruses to build tension within the composition. The hand in glove treatment offered by Hamilton and Hendelman use Jamal’s interpretative frame to show that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Hamilton is one of jazz’s most versatile drummers as he is at home whether propelling a big band with his stick work, or simply supporting a small group with his tasty and effortless brushwork. The latter is exemplified on bassist John Clayton’s composition “Brush This”. As his brushes dance over the drum kit, Hamilton produces a sound world full of graceful assurance. Hendelman swings provocatively, and Luty shows solid intonation.

This is as good as it gets in the world of piano trio jazz.



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