The brilliantly lyrical tenor saxophone Master, Scott Hamilton, is joined here by brilliantly lyrical Italian friends only a few days ago (when it works towards such results, technology is perfection): Matteo Raggi, tenor saxophone; Davide Brillante, guitar; Luciano Milanese, string bass; Carlo Milanese, drums — for five selections. A few of the videos are incomplete, but that’s due to technical limitations rather than musical ones, as you’ll see and hear:
BACK HOME IN INDIANA:
Recorded live at the Cantina Bentivoglio, in Bologna, Italy. And we must thank the devout, intrepid nickingos of YouTube fame for the videos!
There is also a version of COCKTAILS FOR TWO and an absolutely gorgeous reading of I CAN’T GET STARTED — with Scott playing the verse a cappella — which you can find easily on the YouTube channel noted above.
With all due respect to the blessed Mister Hamilton, I wouldn’t mind hearing a CD or a live session by Signores Raggi, Brillante, Milanese, and Milanese. Lyricism, swing, precision and abandon personified here. These musicians dance on the head of a pin, balancing in the present between the Idealized Past and the Exciting Future.
May your happiness increase!