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Jazz Signatures

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Here's a soulful tenor saxophonist navigating a familiar set of standards, ballads, and uptempo bop. But on Jazz Signatures, Scott Hamilton always sounds fresh and inspired--he never phones it in. From the opening "Raincheck," to Hank Jones's bittersweet "Angel Face," Hamilton makes swinging easy a breeze. He captures the grace of Johnny Hodges and Zoot Sims and revels in the luster of an agile combo who match his every move with an effortless swing that would've made Frank Sinatra dance a jig. Along the way, we get Latinized with Fats Waller's rambunctious "Jitterbug Waltz" and Don Byas's "Byas a Drink," go bebopping with "Move," and groove the Cali-strut on Benny Carter's "When Lights Are Low." Hamilton's ballad playing is equally sensuous, sounding devil-may-care on "If You Could See Me Now" and playful on Illinois Jacquet's "You Left Me All Alone." But it is on Jones's "Angel Face" that Hamilton is at his most moving, framing the 2 a.m. melody as a soaring cry of remorse and regret, tempered with a nod to tomorrow, and rebirth. --Ken Micallef
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00005A9YW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
You could define Scott Hamilton, as mainstream, blues, soul, swing, dixieland or progressive in this genre known as "Jazz"...but you'd be missing the whole point and purpose of this very talented tenor saxophone player, with shades of Ben Webster, Zoot Sims and Lester Young...Hamilton can adapt to any assignment or mood that needs to be long as his audience enjoy themselves, in that vain he is spectacular.
This CD is no exception, the entire ten tracks are worthy of your attention, each tune has a life of its own, as Scott takes you on another musical journey. Thanks to Concord, Glen Barros and John Burk (executive producers) can spin this CD, sit back and enjoy this immensely gifted musician ~ SCOTT HAMILTON!
Enjoy other albums worthy of a good listen by Scott Hamilton on Concord ~ "Ballad Essentials" (CCD-4819-2), "After Hours" (CCD-4755), "My Romance" (CCD-4710)...check out my reviews on
Total Time: 57:43 on 10 Tracks ~ Concord Jazz CCD-4939-2 ~ (2001)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Emerine on April 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's becoming obvious that tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton only records outstanding CDs, and Concord Records is quick to get them to market. "Jazz Signatures" features Hamilton, pianist John Bunch, bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown on 10 tunes by jazz greats Billy Strayhorn, Dave Brubeck, Fats Waller, Tadd Dameron, Denzil Best, Don Byas, Illinois Jacquet, Benny Carter and Hank Jones. The 10th song is by Bunch, whose piano skills almost overshadow Hamilton's efforts at several points on the CD. This is an excellent effort, offering nearly an hour of fine jazz, in the continuing streak of Hamilton hits for Concord.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dobrydney on April 30, 2001
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Scott has come up with a beauty of a CD this time around . With a very sympathetic and swinging trio to back him up (led by the underrated John Bunch), Scott's beautiful sound is never more in evidence than on this new recording. In addition , there is a jaw-dropping, gorgeous version of "If You Could See Me Now" that will leave you stunned. And there is a hot, swinging take on "Move" that cooks from start to finish. Scott is inspired and extremely confident throughout. This is definitely a highpoint in his recording career with Concord. Get this and listen to the living embodiment of taste , swing and elegance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By St. Germain en Laye on February 18, 2012
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This review is completely subjective, and constitutes only my opinion.

It is apparently fashionable in some circles to dismiss Scott Hamilton as merely derivative and therefore not worth listening to. In my opinion, such a view is overly simple, and one who holds it is liable to miss some wonderful music because of it.

While Hamilton is not an innovator, since his first appearance on the scene back in the 1970s, he has consistently, and successfully, bridged the gap between swing and bop, and has done so with a fluency and elegance that not many players have achieved. He has recorded with some of the best pianists in the business (Tommy Flanagan, Gene Harris, John Bunch, Norman Simmons), as well as having played with Benny Goodman and Rosemary Clooney.

This recording is a favorite of mine, both because of the personnel and the tunes. John Bunch was a master, one of the few pianists who was equally fluent in the genres of both swing and bop. He was in the bands of both Woody Herman and Benny Goodman, and was Tony Bennett's pianist and music director for six years. Bunch is so in sync with Hamilton that the two seem to be almost telepathic. His comping behind the soloes is wonderful. Dave Green on bass and Steve Brown on drums also do superb work, both in support and as soloists.

The tunes, which span both the swing and bebop eras, are: Raincheck, by Billy Strayhorn; In Your Own Sweet Way, by Dave Brubeck; Jitterbug Waltz, by Fats Waller; If You Could See Me Now, by Tadd Dameron; Move, by Denzel Best; Byas a Drink, by Don Byas; You Left Me All Alone, by Illinois Jacquet; When Lights Are Low, by Benny Carter; Angel Face, by Hank Jones; and John's Bunch, by John Bunch.

In my opinion, this is as fine a quartet recording of jazz as you are likely to find.
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