Blue Sands by The Chico Hamilton Quintet from Bert Stern's Jazz on a Summer's Day, 1958
Social media delivered the news that Forestorn "Chico" Hamilton passed away at the age of 92. The words legend and great are far too often abused these days, but Hamilton was both. As an innovative percussionist and bandleader, he was a somewhat singular modern American musician. I know people that have both studied and worked with him, so I can comfortably claim that he was also a true personality. For those interested in digging deep, I highly recommend listening to and reading his contribution to the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Project here.
Print ad, Down Beat magazine, 1962
Down Beat magazine, August 8, 1957
Rest in Peace, Chico.