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Scott Hamilton • Across the Tracks

Review by Matt Collar
A project long in the making, Across the Tracks finds tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton pairing with journeyman blues guitarist Duke Robillard for a set of burnished lesser-known standards, ballads, and blues. As Rhode Island natives, Hamilton and Robillard crossed paths early on in their careers, with the younger Hamilton drawing inspiration for his own straight-ahead jazz from Robillard's brand of vintage swing, blues, and R&B. Subsequently, Hamilton cut out a niche for himself in the '70s playing swinging acoustic standards and ballads while many jazz musicians were focused on the electric fusion sound. Although the pair have recorded together over the years, Across the Tracks is the first full-length album they've done together. Joining them here are such longtime bandmates as drummer Chuck Riggs, baritone saxophonist Doug James, and Pittsburgh native organist Gene Ludwig. Recorded by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder at the famous Van Gelder Studios in Englewood, NJ, Across the Tracks is easily the bluesiest album Hamilton has done in his career and a warm, earthy vibe permeates the whole proceedings.

1 - Deuces Wild 6:24
2 - Parker's Pals 5:35
3 - Save Your Love For Me 5:41
4 - Cop Out 8:15
5 - Intermission Riff 5:34
6 - Sweet Slumber 4:25
7 - Something For Red 7:48
8 - Blue Turning Grey Over You 8:58
9 - Memories Of You 4:09

Baritone Saxophone – Doug James (3) (tracks: 2, 5)
Drums – Chuck Riggs
Guitar – Duke Robillard
Organ – Gene Ludwig
Tenor Saxophone – Scott Hamilton

Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at his Englewood, New Jersey studio
Mastered By – Rudy Van Gelder
Release Date: May 6, 2008
Duration: 56:48
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Standards, Mainstream Jazz, Neo-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz

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