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NEA Jazz Masters Chico Hamilton and Andrew Hill Come Together on "Dreams Come True" Album

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Jazz legend Foreststorn Chico Hamilton adds two new previously recorded albums to his extensive discography: Dreams Come True featuring Chico (drums/tambourine) alongside NEA Jazz Master Andrew Hill (piano); and Trio! Live @ Artpark, the live recording of Chico's Trio debut concert with Cary DeNigris (guitar) and Matthew Garrison (bass). Slated for a September 30th release on the Joyous Shout! label, both records exemplify Chico's inherent timeliness and adventurous spirit, and the powerful synergy amongst his jazz consociates.

Dreams Come True is a monumental musical conversation between two of jazzs most innovative elder statesmen. NEA Jazz Masters Chico Hamilton (b.1921) and Andrew Hill (1931-2007) bring their varying styles together into a distinct, mutual song of ideas soaked with wit and humor. This 93 debut recording is a document of a moment in time when this remarkable duo came together sharing their compositional prowess and profound understanding of instrumentation. Only once before did they join forces back in 1991 at the Charlotte Jazz Festival. According to Chico, Hill was a genius and a beautiful human being! Its an honor to add his unique voice to my recording catalog.

Live @ Artpark is the 94 live recording of Chico's power Trio at the Artpark Festival in Lewiston, New York. With long-time collaborator and guitarist Cary DeNigris and six-string electric bass virtuoso Matthew Garrison, son of the late Jimmy Garrison, Chico leads his steeds through an adventurous, explosive series of originals and a heady romp on Tickle Toe. This trio exhibits a rare chemistry on the bandstand while unleashing electrified versions of Chico originals including “Ain't Nobody Calling Me" (originally from 1989's Reunion), “These Are The Dues" (from 1989's Euphoria), “First Light" (from 1976's The Players), the gorgeous “Denise" (from 1979's Nomad) and a brand new work Sculpture.

About Chico Hamilton

Known for representing jazz in its purest form, octogenarian Chico Hamilton shows virtually no signs of fatigue. According to Downbeat Magazine, he is a master storyteller, drummer, and jazz sage, Hamilton doesn't need to play blazing single strokes or gymnastic polyrhythms to tell his tale, as his message is pure and brutally honest. Saluted by the Kennedy Center as a Living Jazz Legend, and recently appointed to the National Council on the Arts, Chico Hamilton is considered one of the most important living jazz artists and composers. He is currently on a national BORDERS Bookstore tour with his band Euphoria. While continuing to teach at the New School University Jazz Program where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree, Chico is busy writing his autobiography, composing and performing music for film, and working on additional album releases for 2009.

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