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In a Mellow Tone

Chico Hamilton

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Born September 20, 1921

Chico Hamilton Quintet & Eric Dolphy from the album Chico Hamilton Quintet & Eric Dolphy "The Original Ellington Suite"

Part of the LA scene, early in his career he gigged with Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso .

Other artists performed with include Lionel Hampton, Slim & Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnet, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan

Six years as Lena Horne's drummer and in 1955, he became a bandleader and recorded this session with Eric Dolphy as a featured guest.

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