Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Chico Hamilton – Chic Chic Chico (1965) MONO [Orig. Impulse! A-82]

Chico Hamilton - Chic Chic Chico
Original 1965 Impulse! A-82 Mono LP
~ThePoodleBites rip in 96kHz/24bit + scans~

Here’s a cool jazz LP, freshly reproduced on my new setup. This would normally be outside the scope of this blog, but I really enjoy classic jazz, so I'll post it anyways. This mono mix has great, clear sound, and Chico’s drumming is as fine as ever on these tracks; but the musicians he plays with really makes this an incredible session. I found this album at a Salvation Army awhile back, and it’s taught me one thing — never pass up an Impulse jazz record for less than a dollar!

Title song, Chic Chic Chico, recorded in New York City on March 15, 1965 by Chico Hamilton Sextet:
– Jimmy Woods, tenor saxophone
– Charles Lloyd, flute
– Gabor Szabo, guitar
– Albert Stinson, bass
– Willie Bobo, Latin percussion
– Chico Hamilton, drums
All other tracks recorded in Hollywood, California on January 4, 1965 by Chico Hamilton Octet:
– John Anderson, trumpet
– Lou Blackburn, trombone
– Harold Land, tenor saxophone
– Henry Sigismonti, French horn
– Bill Green, flute and piccolo
– Gabor Szabo, guitar
– Albert Stinson, bass
– Chico Hamilton, drums


Side One:
1. Chic Chic Chico — 2:47
2. Corrida De Toros — 5:35
3. Tarantula — 3:03
4. What’s New — 6:02
Side Two:
1. St. Paddy’s Day Parade — 3:09
2. Carol’s Walk — 6:36
3. Swampy — 2:45
4. Fire Works — 5:52


Vinyl Condition: VG++
Dynamic Range: DR11
Equipment / Lineage:
– (Brand new!) Audio-Technica AT150MLx Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge (Technics-aligned)
– (Brand new!) Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct Drive Professional Turntable (internal preamp & ADC removed)
– TCC TC-754 RIAA Phono Preamp (added LM7812 regulator + 19VDC regulated power supply)
– Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 MkII (96kHz / 24bit)
– Adobe Audition 2015.2.1 (recording)
– iZotope RX 5 Advanced Audio Editor (remove subsonic rumble / declicking / mono collapse)
– Foobar2000 v1.3.11 (tagging)
A little note on my mastering procedures: no equalization (except to remove rumble below 30Hz), no noise reduction, no limiting/compression. I silence the noise where the tape visibly cuts out between tracks and add little fades, but do not affect the music itself or change the duration of space between tracks. Declicking is always a light pass, followed by manual spots as necessary. And if you’d like the raw files, they’re just a PM away.

Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2HCgdPZLIqXSDBLS3kzSlljUmc?usp=sharing
Enjoy, and as always, comments are welcomed! :)


  1. Great job,many thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for this great session. Lovely sound on this transfer.

  3. What a blast! My first visit on your blog - love the fact that a MONO LP has just one channel with your rips!:) Amazing sound, thank you for this one. You made my day, sir.