If you think drums are loud, unmusical and crude, this isn’t for you. Having alienated MOST of my VAST readership with that lead, if you like jazz and in particular, jazz drumming, click below, because you’ll witness a superb sample of one of the least heralded BEST drummers in the western world, Jeff Hamilton.
Here Jeff appears with a stellar trio featuring another lesser-known but incredible artist, Gene Harris on piano and famous Bassist, Ray Brown, who showed up everywhere, boosting the careers of many young musicians, including Dianna Krall.
I got to see Jeff Hamilton with his own trio at a small club about 15 years ago. It was a dinner club setting and our table was right up front. At that time I took drum lessons and attended at the urging of my instructor, Steve Dodge of Columbus Percussion.
Jeff is amazing. Even when he explains how he does something and then does it, it’s incredible. He make sit seem effortless. Jeff approaches drums with an ear toward drawing from them a full spectrum of tonality and texture. His dynamic range is broad, adapting quickly from brushes, to sticks, to hands on drums, to hand claps. This piece features Jeff Hamilton in superb form, on Dizzy Gillespie’s ” A Night in Tunisia.”