Though he will be 81 on September 21, drummer Chico Hamilton (pictured) isn’t the retiring type. Continuing his prolific recording career, the percussionist has recently been rehearsing with his band, preparing to enter the studio this month to work on his upcoming album, Thoughts Of…, which will be released in early fall, 2002. This will be Hamilton’s first release since his 2001 album Foreststorn (Koch).
Hamilton’s group, Euphoria, features Cary DeNigris on guitar, Paul Ramsey on bass, Evan Schwam on tenor sax, Erik Lawrence on alto and soprano and tenor sax and Karolina Strassmeyer on flute, alto and soprano sax. On Thoughts Of…, Euphoria will be joined on certain tracks by guest guitarists Larry Coryell, Rodney Jones and Joe Beck. The record will feature new original compositions by Hamilton, some standards and a number of contemporary covers as well. In late summer and early fall Hamilton will go on tour with Euphoria in support of Thoughts Of….
Also to be released in early fall is a remix project entitled Groove Master Vol. 1: Soulfeast Presents the Chico Hamilton Remix Project. This album will feature remixes of many of Hamilton’s groove-happy songs, including “Conquistadors,” from his Impulse album El Chico and “Strut” from Hamilton’s Elektra album Nomad.
The ever-tireless Hamilton will also make a benefit solo appearance on June 10 at Symphony Space in New York, and on July 5 he will be awarded the WPBX-FM Radio Lifetime Achievement Award, in Sagaponak, N.Y.
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