Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton, born September 21st, 1921 in Los Angeles, had a fast track musical education in a band with his schoolmates Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim & Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnett, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and six years with Lena Horne established this young West Coast prodigy as a jazz drummer on the rise, before striking out on his own as a bandleader in 1955.
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An astonishing burst of creativity. richard s. ginell/all music
Foreststorn 'Chico' Hamilton is a true jazz legend- his
music represents jazz in its purest form. It is invention,
originality and change. He is unafraid to let the music flow
forth in whatever creative form it chooses while staying true
to his identity as a musician. Hamilton's steady, forceful, yet
beautifully restrained drumming leads his group track by
track. The result is everything you expect jazz to be. At a
young 85 years old, Hamilton is the true epitome of
agelessness, and his music knows no generational bounds.