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Scott Hamilton: Jazz Signatures

Impressionist Rich Little can switch from one instantly recognizable celebrity voice to another in warp speed. But who can readily identify the voice of Rich Little?

Similarly, the versatile, fluid Scott Hamilton is able to suggest any of his mentors at the drop of an eighth note: from Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and Zoot Sims to Al Cohn, Flip Phillips, Lester Young, Paul Gonsalves-even Bud Freeman. There’s nothing wrong with sounding like others, especially those in the pantheon, but it’s just that a definitive Hamilton sound rarely emerges.

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