Ballads for Audiophiles (2017)

Dennis, Adair, Altman, Lawrence, Reid, Mercer, Mancini, Jenkins, Ross, Adler, Mandel, Webster, Troup, Jobim, Moraes, Gordon Jenkins

Scott Hamilton, Alfred Kramer, Paolo Birro, Aldo Zunino

Saxophonist Scott Hamiton, pianist Paolo Birro, bassist Aldo Zunino and Alfred Kramer, drums, combine on an audiophile ballads program that includes such timeless favorites as "Moon River," "The Shadow Of Your Smile," "All or Nothing At All", "This Is All I Ask", "The Gypsy" and more. Recorded at the Hotel II Castello - Palazzo di Scoto di Semifonte in Stereo DSD on the Pyramix Recorder using dCS A/D and D/A converters.

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Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton was born in 1954, in Providence, Rhode Island. During his early childhood he heard a lot of jazz through his father’s extensive record collection, and became acquainted with the jazz greats. He tried out several instruments, including drums at about the age of five, piano at six and mouth-organ. He had some clarinet lessons when he was about eight years of age, but that was the only formal music tuition he has ever had. Even at that age he was attracted to the sound of Johnny Hodges, but it was not until he was about sixteen that he started playing the saxophone seriously. From his playing mainly blues on mouth organ, his little band gradually became more of a jazz band. 
He moved to New York in 1976 at the age of twenty-two, and through Roy Eldridge, with whom he had played a year previously in Boston, got a six-week gig at Michael’s Pub. Roy also paved the way for him to work with Anita O’Day and Hank Jones. Although it was the tail-end of the of old New York scene, a lot of the greats were still playing and he got to work and learn from people like Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Vic Dickenson and Jo Jones. Eldridge was Scott’s champion, but pulled no punches, and could be extremely critical, something for which Scott has always been grateful. In December of the same year John Bunch got Scott his first recording date, for Famous Door, and was also responsible for him joining Benny Goodman. He continued to work with Goodman at different times until the early 1980s.

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Ballads for Audiophiles (2017)

Dennis, Adair, Altman, Lawrence, Reid, Mercer, Mancini, Jenkins, Ross, Adler, Mandel, Webster, Troup, Jobim, Moraes, Gordon Jenkins

Scott Hamilton, Alfred Kramer, Paolo Birro, Aldo Zunino

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A relaxed set of ballads highlighting Hamilton's mastery of the swing ballad style. For this 2017 release, tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton presents an aptly titled disc of quartet music. "Ballads for Audiophiles" accurately sums up the album, which is a set of well-recorded, laid-back ballads. For his rhythm section Hamilton picks pianist Paolo Birro, bassist Aldo Zunino, and drummer Alfred Kramer. The ten tracks on the album are all standards, though some of them will be more familiar than others. For instance, there are the commonly played standards "Everything Happens to Me," "Moon River," and "All or Nothing at All," but there are also a few more obscure standards like Billy Reed's "The Gypsy," or a bluesy take of Bobby Troup's "Baby All the Time." Interestingly there are two tunes by Gordon Jenkins; the first is "This Is All I Ask" and then the album closes with Jenkins' fitting "Good Bye." Another interesting choice of cover tunes is Jobim's "Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Voçe," taken with a slow bossa feel that, paired with Hamilton's romantic tone, can't help but remind you of Stan Getz. Hamilton is known for his traditionalist, swing-based approach and he doesn't change the formula here. From his highly melodic phrasing of the melodies it's clear he took the time to learn each tune's lyric and in his improvisation he favors clear, simple ideas that build and resolve logically. His lyrical style is obviously heavily influenced by Lester Young and at times, Coleman Hawkins, though his slightly more modern tone (meticulously recorded and mixed) elevate him somewhat beyond just a mere imitator. The rhythm section wisely mirrors his traditional approach and play extremely simply, supporting Hamilton but never overshadowing him. The title should clue you in on what to expect on this album. Nobody would describe Hamilton's approach as progressive, but rather looks to the past for inspiration. The focus on ballads allows Hamilton and Co. to find a specific mood and sustain it for the duration of the hour-long set.

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Ballads for Audiophiles (2017)

Dennis, Adair, Altman, Lawrence, Reid, Mercer, Mancini, Jenkins, Ross, Adler, Mandel, Webster, Troup, Jobim, Moraes, Gordon Jenkins

Scott Hamilton, Alfred Kramer, Paolo Birro, Aldo Zunino

Digital Converters: dCS
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Microphones: Neumann U47, U48, M49
Producer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording Engineer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording location: Hotel Il Castello - Palazzo di Scoto di Semifonte
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Everything Happens To Me
Dennis,Adair
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All Or Nothing At All
Altman,Lawrence
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The Gypsy
Reid
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Moon River
Mercer,Mancini
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This Is All I Ask
Jenkins
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Hey There
Ross,Adler
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The Shadow Of Your Smile
Mandel,Webster
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Baby All The Time
Troup
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Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Voçê
Jobim,Moraes
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Goodbye
Gordon Jenkins
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