Jimmy Hamilton: Blues in My Music Room


Blues in My Music Room


Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet)


Sweet But Hot (Drive Archive DE2-41204)

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Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet), Barry Galbraith (guitar), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Osie Johnson (drums),

Sidney Gross (guitar)


Composed by Jimmy Hamilton


Recorded: 1954


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

The leader is primarily known for his long association with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He took over the clarinet/tenor chair from Barney Bigard in 1943, and remained until 1968. With Ellington's busy schedule, Hamilton didn't get many opportunities to record on his own, and these tracks (originally recorded for the Urania label in 1954) have a unique sound. The two-guitar lineup in the rhythm section, instead of the usual piano, is especially noteworthy. Galbraith stands out in his solo turn, and his ensemble riffing almost lends an R&B feel to this track, which is not strictly a blues.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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  • 1 Marty Krystall // Jun 02, 2009 at 02:57 AM
    Jimmy is one of my favorites. Have you heard "Air Conditioned Jungle" on Columbia. I have the 78 rpm. Mind blowing. Although I favor Barney's sound, Jimmy was awesome. His personality came thru on the horn. And impeccable intonation. I wasn't aware of this Urania disc. Gotta find it now!