Chico Hamilton

Arroyo

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Throughout his career, drummer Chico Hamilton has had an impressive track record as a talent scout. During 1988-92, he recorded four CDs with the up and coming altoist Eric Person, an inventive post-bop player who would have a short stint with the World Saxophone Quartet. Hamilton called this particular group (which also featured guitarist Cary DeNigris and bassist Reggie Washington) Arroyo, and they perform a very well-rounded set on this Soul Note release. The music ranges from Lester Young's "Tickle Toe" and a lengthy reworking of "Alone Together" to six group originals that are sometimes fairly free. A stimulating set that is well worth exploring.

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