Nocturnes & Serenades

Nocturnes & Serenades

by Scott HamiltonScott Hamilton


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The black-and-white cover photo of a neon-lit street harks back to an earlier era on Scott Hamilton's Nocturnes & Serenades. Depending on the viewer, it may conjure up images of the jazz clubs lining the street in 1940s New York, or perhaps classic film noir. Either way, the photo and title promise the kind of lazy, romantic jazz that pours from tiny, smoke-filled rooms at three a.m. to an audience of three. This isn't surprising, due to tenor Hamilton's rep as a committed neo-traditionalist. The 55-minute set kicks off with a fine, relaxed take on "Man with a Horn," with Hamilton's resonant, silky sax work outlining the contours of the piece. Hamilton is joined on Nocturnes & Serenades by pianist John Pearce, bassist Dave Green, and drummer Steve Brown. Pearce and Hamilton's gentle styles mingle well on "Man with a Horn" and on the follow-up, "Autumn Nocturne," while Green and Brown anchor the mellow pacing. With perhaps one exception ("By the River Sainte Marie"), Hamilton and his bandmates maintain a dreamy, late-night groove. Save for the recording technology, this could've been recorded in the '40s, and mainstream jazz fans, well aware of Hamilton's work, will appreciate Nocturnes & Serenades' connection with the past.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2006
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072300255
catalogNumber: 30025
Rank: 22509

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scott Hamilton   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Green   Acoustic Bass
John Pearce   Piano
Steve Brown   Drums
David Green   Bass
Steve Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Scott Hamilton   Producer
Loren Schoenberg   Liner Notes
Jack Jenney   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Ted Grouya   Composer
Bonnie Lake   Composer
Paul Mertz   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Gordon Burdge   Composer
Andrew Cleyndert   Engineer
Andrew Pham   Art Direction

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