Pure Imagination (2019)

Jimmie Rowles, Bronislaw Kaper, Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse, Dizzy Gillespie, Cole Porter, Bill Evans, Billy Strayhorn, Myrow-DeLange, Arthur Schwartz, Andre Previn, Osie Johnson

Scott Hamilton, Paolo Birro

Saxophone player Scott Hamilton is one of the top artists on the Fone Jazz label.  Pure Imagination is his 6th DSD release at the Native DSD Music store.

The album features Hamilton with pianist Paolo Birro performing 11 songs from the american song book.  The tracks include That's Entertainment by Arthur Schwartz, Day Dream by Billy Strayhorn, Funkallero by Bill Evans, Easy To Love by Cole Porter, Con Alma by Dizzy Gillespie, Drinkin' and Driving 502 Blues by Jimmy Rowles and the title track Pure Imagination by Leslie Bricusse.

This is a Stereo DSD recording.  There is no editing used on the album. All the tracks on this release are heard as they were performed.

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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.

Dizzy Gillespie

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and singer.

Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic and rhythmic complexity previously unheard in jazz. His combination of musicianship, showmanship, and wit made him a leading popularizer of the new music called bebop. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality provided some of its most prominent symbols.

In the 1940s Gillespie, with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Jon Faddis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, and balladeer Johnny Hartman.

photo: cover Dizzy Gillespie Quintet Stuttgart/Frankfurt '61

Bill Evans

Evans was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and attended Southeastern Louisiana University. After a period in the Army, he returned to New York in 1955 and began working and recording with Tony Scott and George Russell. His subtly swinging, lucidly constructed solos with these leaders quickly attracted attention, and provided Evans with an opportunity to begin recording under his own name; but he was modest regarding his gifts, and for a time was reluctant to push himself into the limelight. All this changed after he spent several months during 1958 in Miles Davis's band, where he played alongside John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley as well as the trumpeter and became a central figure in Davis's shift to modal improvisation.

The period with Davis allowed Evans to organize his own trio, which featured bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian by the end of 1959. These three players developed a new and more interactive approach to trio playing, one in which all instruments carried melodic responsibilities and functioned as equal voices. LaFaro's tragic death in a July 1961 highway accident ended the existence of this seminal unit; but not before it had recorded four albums, two in the studio and two at a Village Vanguard performance shortly before the bassist's death, that influenced several generations of pianists, bassists, and drummers.

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Pure Imagination (2019)

Jimmie Rowles, Bronislaw Kaper, Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse, Dizzy Gillespie, Cole Porter, Bill Evans, Billy Strayhorn, Myrow-DeLange, Arthur Schwartz, Andre Previn, Osie Johnson

Scott Hamilton, Paolo Birro

Cables: Signoricci
Digital Converters: dCS A/D (Analog to DSD) and D/A (DSD to Analog) Converters
Mastering Engineer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Microphone Preamps: Signoricci
Microphones: Neumann U47, U48, M49 Valve (Tube) Microphones
Notes: This album has no editing. All the tracks on this album are heard as they were performed.
Producer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recordijng Location: Il Castello - Palazzo di Scoto di Semifonte Certaldo Alto (Fi), November 2018
Recording Assistant: Paola Liberato
Recording Engineer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64fs

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Osie Johnson
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You're Gonna Hear From Me
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That's Entertainment
Arthur Schwartz
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If I'm Lucky
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Day Dream
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Easy to Love
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Con Alma
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All God's Children Got Rhythm
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Drinkin' and Driving (502 Blues)
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