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Since his debut album, released to considerable critical acclaim in 1977 on Concord Jazz, Scott Hamilton (b. 1954) has established himself as one our foremost tenor saxophone balladeers, one with a keen ear for indelible first-rate tunes. With Nocturnes and Serenades, his forty-first Concord Jazz disc as a leader or co-leader, Hamilton's balladry takes center stage, and with sublime results. Eight of the ten performances herein are ballads (the medium-tempo exceptions are "Flamingo" and "By the River Sainte Marie"), and Hamilton's aged-in-oaken-casks approach has never been warmer or more full-bodied. Now residing in England, the Providence, RI native is backed by his regular touring rhythm section; their empathetic support is at once unobtrusive and in-the-moment. Early in his career it was observed that Hamilton's sound and conception channeled those of giants Ben Webster and Zoot Sims. But on Nocturnes and Serenades it's the soul of Scott Hamilton that comes to the fore. And he builds a "Chelsea Bridge" that is every bit on a scale with that of Webster, its previous master architect.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 1, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: B000FZET02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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By M. L. Thompson on November 5, 2006
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Ever since he began recording for the late Carl Jefferson's Concord Jazz label in the 1970s, Scott Hamilton has been one of the premier tenor sax men in jazz. He plays with a masculine tone and with the melodic line of a modern-day Ben Webster, and the listener can always follow that melodic line thoughout his improvisations, which are always a joy to hear. Unlike too many sax players today, who seem to think that their efforts can best be displayed by the number of notes they can fit into a measure with the greatest speed, Hamilton does not "over play" his music.

With Hamilton joined here with an excellent rhythm section, this latest CD continues the long line of great music that he has produced over the past 30 years. After listening to this, go buy all of his other CDs, and don't forget all those great recordings he did for Concord Jazz with Rosemary Clooney.
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I don't know about Zoot Sims, but these is a great deal of Ben Webster and a touch of Stan Getz in Scott Hamilton's handling of these old classics.

Boozey and wide sound on the sax, like very late night and a bottle of Brandy. backup band meshes well with the romantic sound. Sort of a fifties feel.

Chelsea Bridge track may be as definitive as Ben Websters version. Flamingo is more up tempo.

Some of Hamiltons earlier albums struck me as, hmm, polite, but he cuts loose and puts a lot of feeling into this album.

Concord does their usual great job with sound recording.
Recommended.

With Stan Getz pushing up daisies since '91, Scott Hamilton cold make a good claim to the title "King of Cool".
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As a former DJ I've auditioned zillions of albums. Usuallly, you're lucky if you get a single cut that's airable. This one got a thumbs up on every selection. Can't say that about other Scott Hamilton albums, but, this one get five stars.
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Scott Hamilton's tenor sax playing is beyond reproach on this disc. I thought an entire programme of slower material might drag but it most certainly doesn't. The selection of these chestnuts is carefully put together with medium tempo tunes like the gorgeous Flamingo and River of Sainte Marie nicely placed to keep things moving; two other equally magnificent songs I likewise hadn't heard before are I'm Glad Their Is You and Serenade In Blue. Scott's tone is spell binding with his unobtrusive British rhythm section of piano, bass, drums providing hushed, subtle and swinging support. The cover art work is tasteful and fits the mood perfectly but more importantly, the high quality of this 2005 recording clinches the occasion. If you would like the band to materialise, Star Trek like, in your living room, then just turn up the volume.
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Scott Hamilton has been my tenor idol for over 20 years. Many have tried to get his sounds and style. Some have
come close. No one has been able to copy him. Scott does not read music. Perhaps, with much coming from his
heart - in addition to his inborn gift, his sound is unique and magnificent. I have a number of Scott's recordings.
I would give them all 5 stars!
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From the first slur on the wonderful "Man with a Horn" Scott Hamilton fans are in for a great treat of pure Hamilton lush tones.Call your girlfriend,turn down the lights, this is romance time music. Scott takes a page from his protege ,Harry Allen who has producted to great highly successful cd's with the new jazz label "mcmahon jazzmedicine", "Jazz for the soul and Jazz for the heart,"which are all Ballad albums.Scott plays 8 ballads here which are 8 of his best.All Scotts cd's are available at [...]
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when I hear this, I think of the great tenor ballad players. Scott Hamilton is in that class and while he is not as well known as Ben Webster or Stan Getz, his playing ranks with them on this one. I am going to have to get this as a download.
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A genuinely delightful cd that provides a lovely, gentle soundtrack to your hectic day.
It's wonderful music, performed by a talented musician that, while mellow, would never
be categorized as jazz lite.
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