Scott Hamilton – My Romance {Concord}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Tenor-saxophonist Scott Hamilton has recorded so many records as a leader (this CD is his 27th for Concord so far) and been so consistent and unchanging through the years that it is difficult to describe any of his records as definitive. However this particular release is one of his stronger ones of recent times. Hamilton sounds quite inspired jamming on six standards, Blue Mitchell’s “Blue Caper,” two of Norman Simmons’ originals and his own blues “Sugarchile” with a quintet consisting of the talented trombonist Joel Helleny, pianist Simmons, bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Chuck Riggs. Hamilton takes the title cut as a feature and duets with Simmons on a brief “Just A Gigolo;” otherwise the full group is heard on each song. The biggest surprise of this high-quality mainstream date is an uptempo version of the ballad “Poor Butterfly.” The presence of a second horn seems to really push Scott Hamilton to play at his best, making this an easily recommended release.

Tracks:
01 – Abundance
02 – Blue Caper
03 – Swingin’ Till the Girls Come Home
04 – My Romance
05 – Lullaby in Rhythm
06 – Will You Still Be Mine?
07 – Poor Butterfly
08 – Sugarchile
09 – Jan
10 – Just a Gigolo

Personnel:
Scott Hamilton – tenor saxophone
Norman Simmons – piano
Dennis Irwin – bass (except on #10)
Chuck Riggs – drums (except on #10)
Joel Helleny – trombone (except on #4 & 10)

Recorded at Sound on Sound, New York, NY; February 23, 1995

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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