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Hamilton, Chico - The Further Adventures of El Chico - Super Hot Stamper

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Super Hot Stamper

Chico Hamilton
The Further Adventures of El Chico

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Sonic Grade

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Vinyl Grade

Side One: Mint Minus Minus*

Side Two: Mint Minus Minus

  • Boasting solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this outstanding Impulse reissue pressing (only the second copy to hit the site in nineteen months) will be very hard to beat
  • These sides, recorded brilliantly by one of our favorite engineers, Rudy Van Gelder, are big, full-bodied and present, with plenty of Tubey Magic and set on a huge, three-dimensional soundstage
  • The record features the amazing Gabor Szabo along with other top players like Clark Terry and Ron Carter
  • This is great pop jazz with excellent sound; if you're a fan of Gabor Szabo, this music will be right up your alley

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*NOTE: Track 4 in side 1, "Daydream," plays a little noisier than Mint Minus Minus.

Vintage covers for this album are hard to find in exceptionally clean shape. Most of the will have at least some amount of ringwear, seam wear and edge wear. We guarantee that the cover we supply with this Hot Stamper is at least VG


This vintage Impulse pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records can barely BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you. It's what vintage all analog recordings are known for -- this sound.

If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard this kind of sound on vinyl. Old records have it -- not often, and certainly not always -- but maybe one out of a hundred new records do, and those are some pretty long odds.

What The Best Sides Of The Further Adventures of El Chico Have To Offer Is Not Hard To Hear

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1966
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange -- with all the instruments having the correct timbre
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space

No doubt there's more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the qualities we discuss above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.

Standard Operating Procedures

What are sonic qualities by which a record -- any record -- should be judged? Pretty much the ones we discuss in most of our Hot Stamper listings: energy, frequency extension (on both ends), transparency, spaciousness, harmonic textures (freedom from smear is key), rhythmic drive, tonal correctness, fullness, richness, three-dimensionality, and on and on down the list.

When we can get a number of these qualities to come together on the side we’re playing, we provisionally give it a ballpark Hot Stamper grade, a grade that is often revised during the shootout as we hear what the other copies are doing, both good and bad.

Once we’ve been through all the side ones, we play the best of the best against each other and arrive at a winner for that side. Other copies from earlier in the shootout will frequently have their grades raised or lowered based on how they sounded compared to the eventual shootout winner. If we’re not sure about any pressing, perhaps because we played it early on in the shootout before we had learned what to listen for, we take the time to play it again.

Repeat the process for side two and the shootout is officially over. All that’s left is to see how the sides of each pressing match up.

It may not be rocket science, but it’s a science of a kind, one with strict protocols that we’ve developed over the course of many years to insure that the results we arrive at are as accurate as we can make them.

The result of all our work speaks for itself, on this very record in fact. We guarantee you have never heard this music sound better than it does on our Hot Stamper pressing -- or your money back.

What We're Listening For On The Further Adventures of El Chico

  • Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
  • Then: presence and immediacy. The instruments aren't "back there" somewhere, lost in the mix. They're front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt would put them.
  • The Big Sound comes next -- wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
  • Then transient information -- fast, clear, sharp attacks, not the smear and thickness so common to these LPs.
  • Tight, full-bodied bass -- which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
  • Next: transparency -- the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.
  • Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing -- an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.

The Players and Personnel

  • Alto Saxophone – Charlie Mariano
  • Bass – Ron Carter (tracks: "Got My Mojo Working [But It Just Won’t Work On You]," "That Boy With The Long Hair," "Daydream," "Monday Monday")
  • Bass – Richard Davis (tracks: "Who Can I Turn To [When Nobody Needs Me]?," "The Shadow Of Your Smile," "Evil Eye," "Manila," "My Romance, Stella By Starlight")
  • Drums – Chico Hamilton
  • Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
  • Flute, Alto Flute – Jerome Richardson
  • Guitar – Gábor Szabó
  • Percussion (Latin) – Victor Pantoja, Willie Bobo
  • Piccolo Flute – Danny Bank (tracks: "Got My Mojo Working [But It Just Won’t Work On You]," "That Boy With The Long Hair," "Daydream," "Monday Monday")
  • Producer – Bob Thiele
  • Trombone – Jimmy Cheatham (tracks: "Got My Mojo Working [But It Just Won’t Work On You]," "That Boy With The Long Hair," "Daydream," "Monday Monday")
  • Trumpet – Clark Terry (tracks: "Got My Mojo Working [But It Just Won’t Work On You]," "That Boy With The Long Hair," "Daydream," "Monday Monday")

Vinyl Condition

Mint Minus Minus and maybe a bit better is about as quiet as any vintage pressing will play, and since only the right vintage pressings have any hope of sounding good on this album, that will most often be the playing condition of the copies we sell. (The copies that are even a bit noisier get listed on the site are seriously reduced prices or traded back in to the local record stores we shop at.)

Those of you looking for quiet vinyl will have to settle for the sound of other pressings and Heavy Vinyl reissues, purchased elsewhere of course as we have no interest in selling records that don't have the vintage analog magic of these wonderful originals.

If you want to make the trade-off between bad sound and quiet surfaces with whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing might be available, well, that's certainly your prerogative, but we can't imagine losing what's good about this music -- the size, the energy, the presence, the clarity, the weight -- just to hear it with less background noise.

Side One

  • Got My Mojo Working (But It Just Won’t Work On You)
  • Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)?
  • That Boy With The Long Hair
  • Daydream
  • The Shadow Of Your Smile

Side Two

  • Evil Eye
  • Monday Monday
  • Manila
  • My Romance
  • Stella By Starlight

Chico Hamilton

Foreststorn "Chico" Hamilton (September 20, 1921 – November 25, 2013) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He came to prominence as sideman for Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie, and Lena Horne. Hamilton became a bandleader, first with a quintet featuring the cello as a lead instrument, an unusual choice for a jazz band in the 1950s, and subsequently leading bands that performed cool jazz, post bop, and jazz fusion.

Hamilton started his career in a band with Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso before he had finished high school. Engagements with 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 and Lena Horne established his career.

-Wikipedia