Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Quite possibly the best album to feature the talents of Chico Hamilton and Eric Dolphy – a set recorded at a time when Dolphy was an up-and-coming player on the west coast scene! Although Chico Hamilton had recorded with unusual reed players before, Dolphy brings a depth of soul and spirit to this album that's missing from a lot of Chico's earlier work at the time – a style that still holds onto some of the measured qualities of the Pacific Jazz work by the Hamilton group, yet which also opens up into some of the darker corners that Dolphy would explore more on his own recordings of the 60s.
Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Other than two selections put out on a sampler and the soundtrack from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, this LP is quite significant for having the first recordings of Eric Dolphy with the Chico Hamilton Quintet. Dolphy's solos (on alto, flute and bass clarinet) are brief, but he already sounded fairly distinctive. The third version of Hamilton's popular Quintet also included the drummer/leader, cellist Nate Gershman, guitarist Dennis Budimir and bassist Wyatt Ruther. On this album, half of the tunes are played by the basic quintet, while the remaining five songs have an added string section. The West Coast jazz chamber music generally holds one's interest, but has been out of print for some time.
The place to begin discussing “The Devil’s In The Detail” is, oddly perhaps, right at the end. Because the last minute and nine seconds of this is a hidden song called “Ode To Idiots” in which Ryan Hamilton takes internet trolls to task on the snottiest country punk this side of Jason and the Scorchers. He ends it with the gleeful line: “I know you live with your mum and I’ll be seeing her again…” and in so doing shows why he just might be the best writer of pop rock songs with incredible hooks that we have right now. He showed this on “Hell Of A Day” his solo record from a couple of years ago, and now in his new band with The Traitors, he underlines it, dots the I’s crosses the T’s and delivers something approaching a classic.