Thursday, 27 August 2009

Chico Hamilton ”Nomad”

Chico Hamilton

”Nomad”
( LP Elektra Records, 1980 )
Catalog # GE 257

Tracklisting:
A1 Magic Fingers (5:03)
A2 Mysterious Maiden (6:09)
A3 Nomad (8:56)
B1 Alekasam (6:56)
B2 Denise (7:44)
B3 Strut (5:47)

Personnel:
Backing Vocals – Augie Johnson, Greg Matta, Miki Howard
Bass – Kenny Gradney, Nathaniel Phillips
Drums – Chico Hamilton
Drums [Syndrums] – Shondu Akiem
Engineer [Mixing] – Hank Sanicola
Engineer [Recording] – Mike Evans
Guitar – Kimbo
Keyboards – Carlie Munoz
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman, Hank Sanicola
Percussion – Vance ‘Mad Dog’ Tenort
Producer – Wayne Henderson
Notes: Mastered at A&M Studio
Recorded at Kendun Recorders,
Total Experience Recording Studios,
Ocean Way Recording Studios

Review:
Electric funky Chico Hamilton! This one’s an oft-overlooked gem from the end of the 70s – a batch of sweet electric fusion tunes that sounds unlike anything else we can think of by Chico – with a cool and spacey sound that feels more like work coming out of Fantasy Records at the time, or CTI years before, than mainstream jazz on a major label! The album was produced by Wayne Henderson, and has a sweetly soulful quality that’s really great – adding in some backing vocals on a few tracks for a mellow, Henderson-esque soul approach – and going for some more full-on jazz grooving on other numbers. The set features lots of great guitar and keyboard work – still in the exotic rhythm progressions that you’d recognize from Chico’s earlier years, but given a great 70s electric twist! Tracks include “Mysterious Maiden”, “Alekasam”, “Nomad”, “Strut”, and “Magic Fingers”.

By Pier

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