Artist Details

Chico Hamilton

Biography

Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Foreststorn "Chico" Hamilton, born September 21st, 1921 in Los Angeles, had a fast track musical education in a band with his schoolmates Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collet... more

press

"Chico is still swinging with youthful vigor and panache. The elder statesman of the jazz drumming elite, Chico appears remarkably fit and plays with a focused intensity and suppleness that belies his age." — Bill Milkowski (Jazz Times Magazine)

"The front-and-center drums belonged to Chico Hamilton, who has been musician first and drummer second for six decades...he fronted his quintet with the subtle flourishes of sound and texture which have always been his special stock in trade." — Don Heckman (Los Angeles Times)

"With a career that includes stints with Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Billy Eckstine, drummer/bandleader Chico Hamilton could be forgiven if his current output veered towards the sounds of yesteryear. As evidenced here, though, Hamilton appears to have both feet firmly planted in the future." — Billboard

Releases

Twelve Tones of Love

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Released On: Apr 14, 2009
Released By: Joyous Shout!

Heritage

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Released On: Sep 19, 2006
Released By: Joyous Shout

6th Avenue Romp

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Released On: Jul 11, 2006
Released By: Joyous Shout

Believe

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Released On: Apr 04, 2006
Released By: Joyous Shout

Juniflip

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Released On: Jan 10, 2006
Released By: Joyous Shout

Kerry's Caravan

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Released On: Sep 26, 2005
Released By: Rong Music

Thoughts Of ...

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Released On: Jan 14, 2003
Released By: Koch