Scott Hamilton & Friends – Blues, Bop & Ballads {Concord}

Review by Ken Dryden (

Big-toned tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton leads a swinging small group session that concentrates mostly on songs that didn’t receive much attention in the 1990s. “Answer Me (My Love)” is a potent ballad feature for the leader that reveals the influence of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, while Hamilton also has fun with lively riff tunes like his own “Rhythm Riff #127,” and Hawkins’ “Stuffy.” Trumpeter Greg Gisbert is outstanding throughout the date, while trombonist Joel Helleny and guitarist Duke Robillard only appear on three tracks each, but make valuable contributions with their solos. This delightful CD stands up well to repeated listening, and is one of Scott Hamilton’s best recordings.

01 – I Mean You
02 – Blue Harlem
03 – Rhythm Riff #127
04 – Skylark
05 – Wabash
06 – Fish Market
07 – Answer Me (My Love)
08 – Stuffy
09 – Smile
10 – Good Bait

Scott Hamilton – tenor saxophone
Greg Gisbert – trumpet
Joel Helleny – trombone (tracks 3, 5 & 6)
Norman Simmons – piano
Dennis Irwin – bass
Chuck Riggs – drums
Duke Robillard – guitar (tracks 2, 3 & 6)

Recorded at Sony Music Studios, New York City; February 23-24, 1999

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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