Yes…I agree about Scott, but even naturals have to work at it, Charlie Parker is said to have practiced 15 hours a day and Coltrane only had it out of his mouth when eating or sleeping, would even practice between sets. Actually I don't think Coltrane was a natural he worked at it in addictive mode!
I agree totally. I've seen him several times. He plays such nice long melodic lines.
Yes someone said it was like listening to a really interesting conversation, he plays in a manner that to me is really lyrical also i like the fact that he isn't the kind of artist that will only play stadiums or large venues he bring his music to anyplace that will give him an audience and a chance to conect.
One of the LPs was "Scott's Buddy" and the other was "Back to Back" (same title as the fabulous album by Ellington and Hodges).
Having checked on the internet, they don't seem to have made it onto CD but the details were:
Back to Back
Concord CJ-85 1978
Scott Hamilton, Buddy Tate, Nat Pierce (p), Monty Budwig (b), Chuck Riggs (dms)
Concord CJ-148 1981
Scott Hamilton, Buddy Tate, Cal Collins (g), Nat Pierce (p), Bob Maize (b), Jake Hanna (dms)
I saw him and Buddy Tate playing in London a few times in the 80s but never together. Any of Scott's albums from around that time is likley to be good. I particularly like the ones with Dave McKenna on piano and there's a cracker with Gene Harris too.
PS When I tried out Morgan Fry's "Floridated Link" tenor mouthpiece, it seemed to be very much in a Scott Hamilton vein and it was great.
Saw Scott last night at the concorde club in Eastleigh.
First of all, what a fantastic close up experience! It's just so nice that so many of our heros play the smaller venues...
Couldn't agree more, I saw SH in the late 90's in San Fransico. Even now I still remember the experience of watching his embroshure move around, and how often he changed reeds, sometimes during a tune! Don't remember him using a mic either...... This was dinner or after dinner music, laidback and soperific, perfect for tenors and I still can't get enough of this style of sax playing.
I think he came to sax playing via the guitar, and took to it very quickly.
Hello Col, I don't think I have met the gent you mentioned,is he still playing do you know?Yes, you're right, good, tastefull playing never dates. I shall look out for some of the recommended SH CDs.
BTW ZootSB, did you ever come across a jazz piano player called Mike Jefferson? Someone I used to know, played around the Medway area.
Further and coincidental accolade re the Concorde club. We were at a wedding near Andover yesterday (bride was my wife's god-daughter). Bride's younger brother, in his 20s, was a good trumpeter and had played in something like the Hampshire Youth Jazz orchestra. I asked if he knew the Concorde club. He'd done two gigs there and said what a nice place it was. Small World.