CHICO HAMILTON El Exigente 1970 256+ VBR LAME mp3 Vinyl rip & scans from Flying Dutchman FDS-135
We complete our Give The Drummer Some! series on Chico Hamilton with this avant garde excursion into the fusion sound from 1970. At this point, Chico's abandoned his Quintet in favour of smaller, more transient combos. As if to offset the extremely commercial appeal inherent in his work creating jingles and theme songs, Hamilton spent this period exploring the avant garde, often in a very electrified fusion format. In the ensuing decade, he also returned to his experimentation with Eastern influences and even let loose with some funk once in while. He laid off recording and soundtrack work for quite a while in the 80s and just before the start of the last decade of that dead century he popped back on the scene and has been firing hard on all cylinders since.
1 As I Open My Eyes 2 Take Me There 3 I Came And Saw The Beauty Of Your Love 4 How 'Bout Bobby 5 Stomp, Stomp, Stomp 6 Swingin' On A Sitar 7 Up Front What Counts/On The Trail/Seat Belt/Volvo's/Gonna Get Some Right Now
I don't know who was timing the tracks on this LP but they must have been high on something 'cause the running times don't even kinda match most of the actual tracks. The second side is presented as a suite, which I've kept intact.
A fairly in-demand piece, if you can find a copy the rock bottom price is usually $30 but you'll probably have to shell out $50 or more. Soundological is not so demanding and offers it for considerably less HERE and HERE.
Discography as bandleader:
1955 Chico Hamilton Trio (10" LP) 1955 Spectacular!c/o My Jazz World 1955 Chico Hamilton Quintet ft. Buddy Collette at JAZZY BLUES (FLAC) 1960 Original Chico Hamilton Quintet 1956 Chico Hamilton Quintet In Hi-Fi 1956 Chico Hamilton Trio (12" LP) 1957 Chico Hamilton Quintet 1957 Zen: The Music Of Fred Katz 1957 Sweet Smell Of Success OST 1958 South Pacific In Hi-Fi at mohaoffbeat 1958 Chico Hamilton Trio intro. Freddy Gambrell at mohaoffbeat 1958 The Original Ellington Suite ft Eric Dolphy at mohaoffbeat 1959 Ellington Suite ft Bud Collette at mohaoffbeat 1959 With Strings Attached 1959 Gongs East! 1959 The Three Faces Of Chico 1959 That Hamilton Man at mohaoffbeat 1960 Bye Bye Birdie/Irma La Douce at mohaoffbeat 1960 Chico Hamilton Special 1962 Drumfusionat Music-a-k-o /My Jazz World (mp3) + JAZZY BLUES (FLAC) 1962 Litho 1962 Transfusion at Soundological (via slsk) 1962 Passin' Thruat mohaoffbeat 1963 Man From Two Worldsat mohaoffbeat (ape) + Blue Eyed Knight's Place (mp3) 1963 A Different Journeyat Musica Desde Las Anitpodas 1965 Easy Livin'at Soundological 1965 Chic Chic Chico at Soundological (via slsk) + Guitar and the Wind (mp3) 1966 El Chicoc/o My Jazz World 1966 The Further Adventures Of El Chico at Soundological (via slsk) 1966 The Dealerat Radiodada / Last Train To Cool (mp3) + Into The Rhythm (mp3/FLAC) 1967 The Best of Chico Hamiltonat Soundological 1968 The Gamutc/o My Jazz World 1969 The Head Hunters 1970 El Exigente/The Demanding Oneat Soundological 1973 The Master c/o MyJazzWorld + at notas agudas 1974 Live At Montreux (w/Albert King & Little Milton) 1975 Peregrinationsat ? 1976 And The Playersc/o My Jazz World 1977 Catwalk 1979 Reaching For The Top 1980 Nomad 1988 Euphoria 1991 Reunion 1992 Arroyo 1993 Trio! 1994 My Panamanian Friend (The Music Of Eric Dolphy) 1994 Dancing To A Different Drummer 1998 Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings of the Chico Hamilton Quintet 1999 Timely 2001 Foreststorn 2002 Thoughts Of... 2006 Juniflip 2006 Believe 2006 6th Avenue Romp 2006 Heritage 2007 Hamiltonia 2008 It's About Time EP 2008 Alternative Dimensions of El Chico EP 2009 Twelve Tones of Love
The discography was cobbled together from Wikipedia, Chico's site and AMG. Each of them were missing items on at least one other list, so it may not be complete. As always, if you happen to have any additions (either info on recordings to be added or links to blogs/forums with any of the releases in question), please leave them in the comments.
Links checked and updated Aug 26, 2009 MyJazzWorld links replaced with Smooth's oiginal RS links Feb 6. 2010