Chico Hamilton Quartet feat. Eric Dolphy - Theme For A Starlet


A sweet little song from Chico Hamilton’s obscure album ‘Truth’, recorded in 1959.
This album features an early incarnation of Chico Hamilton’s band featuring a then unknown Eric Dolphy. Utilizing cello and guitar in the front line along with Dolphy’s multiple instrumental talents lends an unusual air to the recorded material. Recorded just before Dolphy’s Prestige debut as a leader (‘Outward Bound’, 1960), one can hear his sound already fully formed. In addition to Gershman’s cello stylings, there is an ambience of familiarity for those who’ve admired Dolphy’s recordings with Ron Carter. Nowhere near as challenging as Dolphy’s later recordings, this Hamilton led date is still a joy to hear, and this short but sweet song is a welcome discovery and a boon to Dolphy collectors. 

Chico Hamilton Quartet feat. Eric Dolphy

Dennis Budimir - Guitar
Nathan Gershman - Cello
Wyatt Ruther, Ralph Peña - Bass
Eric Dolphy - Reeds
Chico Hamilton - Drums