Label: CAPRI Records
Musicians: Jeff Hamilton - drums; Christoph Luty - bass; Tamir Hendelman - piano.
Hamilton likes to tell the story of his first "Red Sparkle drum set," and growing up "playing drums along with his parents' Oscar Peterson records." That sparkle has added form and beauty to the millions of bandstand moments which have helped to shape him into one of the most exciting and complete drummers on the current jazz scene; able to augment the glow of Hendelman's tastefully poignant probe into the pathos and longing of Stephen Bishop's 1977 hit (On and On). But Hendelman is certainly at his "swingin''' best on his own composition (Hat's Dance), where he serves up tastelets of the cool "Canadian Sunset" swing of Eddie Heywood; classic-soaked slices of melody last heard from the incomparable Nat Cole Trio; and the cogent lyricism of the great Oscar Peterson.
|Jeff Hamilton Trio: L - R Christoph Luty - bass;|
Jeff Hamilton - drums; Tamir Hendelman - piano
Hamilton takes time to include a dedication to his 'Red sparkle' drums on the title track (Red Sparkle); reprising as closely as he might, the excitement, pride and joy that was his during those times when he enthusiastically accompanied his parents' Oscar Peterson records - just listen to the way he ends the track. However, the most moving dedication (I Know You Oh So Well), is reserved for the memory of the irrepressible bassist Ray Brown, with whom Hamilton enjoyed an especially important association. There is a palpable tenderness in the mood of the piece that is made more telling by the Luty's baleful bowing, and then steady, pulsing bass; Luty demonstrates an inherent feel for the mood and mission of the trio, adding a tender, delicious "swing."
The tastefully colored "Red Sparkle" ends with a bit of bluesy mood of indigo (In An Ellingtone), composed by bassist Christoph Luty, which I would like to think was inspired by, and gives a nod to, Ellington's innovative young master bassist Jimmy Blanton; simultaneously taking a look back at the giant who immortalized the words, "It Don't Mean A Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing"; providing the perfect mood for the trio to go out, as they came in... 'swingin' like they really mean it!'
Track Listing: Ain't That A Peach; Bye Ya; On and On; Hat's Dance; Too Marvelous For Words; Laura; A Sleepin' Bee; Red Sparkle; I Know You So Well; In An Ellingtone.
Recorded by Steve Genewick at Casa Amarilio Studio
Assistant Recording Engineer: Dori Amarilio
Mixed by Steve Genewick at LAFX Studios
Assistant Mixing Engineer: Chandler Herrod
Mastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering
Producer: Jeff Hamilton
Executive Producer: Thomas Burns
Jeff Hamilton plays Bosphorus "Hammer Series" Signature Cymbals, Regal Tip Signature Sticks and Brushes, Remo Gold Crown Drums and FD3 Heads and Hamilton Stands.