'By Invitation Only' Chico Hamilton Remix Available Today; Baltimore's Fertile Ground Produce Swinging Tribute to Chico Available Only on MySpace

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Legendary Jazz drummer, Chico Hamilton, announces exclusive track available only on MySpace. Baltimore's Fertile Ground remixes a timeless beat by this NEA Jazz Master.

Once I knew the name, I kept seeing Mr. Hamilton’s countless recordings everywhere. What an inspiration! I have a lot of respect for Chico as a drummer, artist and innovator. His music has been a simple, timeless symphony of life, and that’s the energy I wrote and recorded this song with.

NEA Jazz Master Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton and label Joyous Shout release today an exclusive remix by Baltimore’s Fertile Ground, available only on Chico’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/chicohamilton. Penned by Fertile Ground founder, James Collins, “Simple Timeless” is the first in a series of “By Invitation Only” celebrity Chico Hamilton remixes made available exclusively on the wildly popular social networking site. The tune drops hot on the heels of a smashing performance at Joe’s Pub in New York City on Chico’s 85th birthday in late September, where Joe Claussell introduced the track to a packed house of Chico fans.

Fertile Ground has created a unique piece of music the takes samples from Chico’s original track “Alive” (which features Chico’s popular Charleston beat) from the Believe album released in July, 2006. It includes FG members Navasha Daya on vocals and Craig Alston on tenor sax. “Simple Timeless” is Fertile Ground’s unabashed celebration of Chico -- the man and his music.

“I first got hip to Chico on an album called With Strings Attached, which is Chico’s quintet with Eric Dolphy,” explains Collins. “Once I knew the name, I kept seeing Mr. Hamilton’s countless recordings everywhere. What an inspiration! I have a lot of respect for Chico as a drummer, artist and innovator. His music has been a simple, timeless symphony of life, and that’s the energy I wrote and recorded this song with.”

Chico loves the tune as well, so much so that he asked Collins for a chart of the tune so Chico could play with his group, Euphoria. So keep your ears peeled during future performances (dates included below.)

“Simple Timeless” introduces the first in a series of “By Invitation Only” remixes available only through Chico’s MySpace page and caps off a year which saw four critically acclaimed new releases including Juniflip, Believe, 6th Ave. Romp, and Heritage. “Simple Timeless” will be available on the page for only two weeks. After that, a new track will be announced, posted and made available for one week only. Upcoming featured remix artists will include Emeson, Marlon Jordan, Paul Murphy, Ovasoul 7, and the Nick Rossi Set.

Upcoming Chico Hamilton & Euphoria Performances

10/11    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Amaturo Center at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

11/4 Helena, MT

Myrna Loy Center

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Leah Selvidge Leah User

(512) 263-7007

http://www.chicohamilton.com/myspace
http://www.joyousshout.com

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