Another mellow masterpiece from US born but UK resident scott Hamilton. Recorded live at the Pizza Express Jazz Club this captures Hamilton at the top of his game. Accompanied by his regular trio of John Pearce(piano), Dave Green(bass) and Steve brown(drums) they have become a relaxed and close knit unit. Of course its standards all the way and fine one's they are too.
Hamilton of course never seems to put a foot wrong with his unhurried style and gorgeous full tone, he is tailor made for this kind relaxed swing. John Pearce on piano, as always, is swinging, lyrical and highly tasteful and the rhythm section doesn't really get any better than this. The cosey confines of the Pizza Express club lend themselves perfectly for live recordings and the sound quality is particularly good.
In case you havn't worked it out yet - i liked it !
on 10 July 2014
This is Scott Hamilton at his usual level of excellence. I've been listening to him/collecting his albums for around 36 years now, and whilst he never, ever, makes a poor album, he rarely makes one that is outstanding or special. But maybe this is a bit like saying that consistently good isn't enough. It occurred to me, listening to this album, how much like Paul Gonsalves he sounds.
My favourite recordings of Mr Hamilton are on the many albums he (and Warren Vache) did with Rosemary Clooney. Now they are outstanding.
There's nothing whatsoever to dislike about this album. His fellow musicians complement his playing. The programme is unexceptionable, and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" could well be the definitive instrumental version of this song. I bought this as an MP3 download, and at £4.99 it's a bargain.