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Drummer Chico Hamilton has Died

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1 Drummer Chico Hamilton has Died on Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:49 pm

He was born in 1921
Died 25th Nov 2013.


http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/26/chico-hamilton


[A hundred years into its evolution, jazz incorporates ethnic and European
classical instruments, drum machines and DJs spinning decks.
A half-century or so ago, hardware habits were more cut and dried.
A jazz big band had trumpets, trombones, saxes
and a rhythm section. A small band had a rhythm section,
a sax and trumpet, with maybe a guitar or a vibraphone.
One that featured a (very quiet) guitarist,
a flute or clarinet, a cellist, and a drummer
who preferred mallets to sticks seemed
a strange beast in the jazz forest.
But the groups of the American drummer Chico Hamilton,
who has died aged 92, did feature such instrumentation
and, contrary to the jazz orthodoxies of the 1950s,
they were for a time runaway successes. Hamilton
led west coast bands in that decade that came close
to the popular acclaim of the area's biggest jazz stars,
Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan.
He also provided opportunities for many newcomers
who became formidable musicians, including
the saxophonists Eric Dolphy, Charles Lloyd and Arthur Blythe,
and the guitarists Jim Hall, Gábor Szabó,
Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie.]







A Great Drummer And Teacher
He Will Be Missed.


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2 Re: Drummer Chico Hamilton has Died on Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:12 am

Amazing. I can't believe it
past by me. Thanks for these
tributes to a great one.

RIP, Chico.


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