Chico Hamilton – The Dealer (1966)

The Dealer is a 1966 release by jazz drummer/bandleader Chico Hamilton. It was first released by Impulse! Records (AS-9130) and has been subsequently reissused on CD with the addition of bonus tracks from Chic Chic Chico, Definitive Jazz Scene Vol. 3 and Passin’ Thru. The bonus tracks feature different line-ups to that of the album, including Charles Lloyd and Gábor Szabó. In the 1960s, Chico Hamilton recorded five albums for Impulse! Records, The Dealer and Man from Two Worlds are the only two to be reissued on CD. The bonus track, “El Toro” is also featured on the Impulsive! Unmixed compilation. The packaging takes the form of a digipack-styled case with a 12-page booklet featuring the original liner notes and photographs. All tracks are originals, composed by Hamilton and some arranged by Jimmy Cheatham. The exceptions are Larry of Arabia composed by Larry Coryell where legend has it that this was his first recording and from where Mick Taylor of Bluesbreakers and The Rolling Stones fame got some of his licks later used with The Stones; and “For Mods Only”, composed by free jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp, who features on the track playing piano.

Chico Hamilton – drums, percussion
Larry Coryell – electric guitar
Arnie Lawrence – saxophone alto
Richard Davis – bass




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