Andy Hamilton & The Blue Notes – Silvershine
This was Andy's debut album - made at the age of 72 after a lifetime as a jazz musician. He put his first band together in Jamaica in 1928, was music director for Errol Flynn in the 1940's and came to Birmingham in 1949.
The album features contributions from Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, Dave Murray, Jean Toussaint, and Orphy Robinson, and was described as a masterpiece in The Times and was one of Sony's 50 albums of the year in 1991.
1. Andy's Blues 2. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan 3. You Are Too Beautiful 4. Old Folks 5. I Can't Get Started 6. Silvershine 7. Autumn Groove 8. Uncle Joe 9. Silvershine Reprise
Andy Hamilton (tenor sax) , Sam Brown (piano) , Ralf DeCambre (guitar) , Ray 'Pablo' Brown (bass) , Johnny Hoo (drums) , Graeme Hamilton (trumpet) , Mark Mondesir (drums on 1-3,5,6,9) , ...
1. AllMusic by Ron Wynn
Andy Hamilton would have gotten raves if this album had been issued on a major label instead of World Circuit. Rounder has now issued it, and Hamilton's robust, swaggering tenor tone alone should open eyes and ears. Hamilton is joined by top stars from both America and England; David Murray and Jean Toussaint offer blistering solos on their cuts, while vibist Orphy Robinson, pianist Jason Rebello, and percussionist Mamdi Kamara provide sterling assistance. Hopefully, enough people will discover this release to get Hamilton another one; he certainly deserves it.