Archive for January 10th, 2016

Scott Hamilton and Jeff Hamilton Trio – Live in Bern

Don’t let the surnames fool you. Saxophonist Scott Hamilton and drummer Jeff Hamilton are brothers only in spirit. They come together for their first recording, Live in Bern (Capri Records, 2015). Billed as Scott Hamilton and the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the ensemble is completed by Tamir Hendelman, piano; and Christof Luty, bass.

The set was recorded in a compact session at Marian’s Jazzroom as part of the International Jazz Festival in Bern, Switzerland.

The title, “September in the Rain,” may seem like a soggy beginning to fall. But there’s nothing soggy about this delightful tune. The tenor leads in a playful, bouncy manner. Scott Hamilton carries the lead most of the way. After Hendlemen gets a moment to stretch out, Jeff Hamilton bridges the solo with a return to the melody. The final pass maintains the festive nature of the rest of the song, but is played softly.

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