The first time Chris ever saw a real Hammond B-3 organ was in a dark club in Kansas City, MO called Bobby’s Hangout. After taking an interest in the sound of the instrument on some recordings, Jim Mair (his college professor) recommended he go to see the man at the helm, renowned organist Everette DeVan. Chris knew instantly that night that the B-3 was the instrument he was destined to tackle. After several weeks of going to Bobby’s and some subtle coaxing, Mr. DeVan took him on as a student, teaching him the ins and outs of the instrument and the art of that all familiar Hammond groove. Having played bass, piano, and guitar in school, the transfer was a natural one.
The Chris Hazelton Trio simply takes something that is very good, perhaps refines it just a touch but ultimately makes it even better with a natural progression of talent, ability and a swing that comes deep from within.
-Review on criticaljazz.com
Hazelton's impeccable work on his Hammond B-3 is thick and fearsome.
-Review on Plasticsax.blogspot.com