Scott Hamilton Quintet feat. Harry Allen
Scott Hamilton Quintet
Possessing a fat, buttery sound that harkens back to Ben Webster, Don Byas and Zoot Sims, tenor saxophone luminary Scott Hamilton was at the forefront of a new generation of young artists that helped revitalize mainstream acoustic jazz in the mid-1970s. Recording prolifically for Concord Records as both a leader and featured sideman on classic sessions by singers Rosemary Clooney, Maxine Sullivan and Susannah McCorkle, he was a regular Bay Area presence, playing the major jazz clubs and the Concord Jazz Festival. He released his 1977 debut, Scott Hamilton Is A Good Wind Blowing Us No Ill, at a time when jazz/rock fusion dominated the market. Hamilton and collaborators including trumpeter Warren Vaché, trombonist Dan Barrett and guitarist Howard Alden helped revive the sophisticated sound of small group swing, ushering in the “young lion” jazz renaissance. Unfortunately, since he moved to Europe in the late 1990s, Hamilton has been a scarce presence in the Bay Area. This concert is a rare and welcome return for an artist whose impact continues to reverberate through the jazz world. He’s joined by tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, one of the brilliant players who followed in Hamilton’s footsteps, honing a beautifully expressive sound informed by the tenor titans of the 1930s.