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Bruce Hamada | Two For The Road

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Two For The Road

by Bruce Hamada

Familiar tunes that are melodic and have a swinging Jazz influence.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Learnin' The Blues
4:23 $0.99
2. I Could Write A Book
3:42 $0.99
3. It Never Entered My Mind
5:28 $0.99
4. Have You Met Miss Jones
4:48 $0.99
5. The Very Thought Of You
4:46 $0.99
6. Hammerhead Meets Hammertone
6:19 $0.99
7. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
3:13 $0.99
8. Everytime We Say Goodbye
5:11 $0.99
9. The Bop Be Pops/FSR
5:35 $0.99
10. Two For The Road
4:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
For the past twenty five years, Bruce Hamada has contributed to countless recordings in a supporting role. Many artists have sought him out because of his ability to play a wide spectrum of styles. These performers include Cecilio & Kapono, Don Ho, Ohta San, Peter Moon, Azure McCall and Kealii Reichel to name a few. In 2005 he was honored for this special talent by the Hawaii Music Awards. Bruce was presented with the 2004 Studio Musician of the Year Award.

In Hawaii, whenever a “name” jazz artist needs a bassist, the name Bruce Hamada will be at the top of that list. He has stood side by side with musicians like Ronnie Cuber, Bill Cunliffe, Jon Faddis, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Russell Malone, Frank Morgan, Karrin Allyson, Bill Watrous and Ernie Watts among others.

In 2001, he stepped up into the spotlight and released his first CD as a leader. “How Deep is the Ocean?” was recorded with his longtime partner, pianist Jim Howard.

“Two for the Road” is his latest album. It features his swinging bass work and vocals. A stellar supporting cast was assembled for this great recording by producer Don Gordon.

On drums, Jeff Hamilton, a master percussionist whose work with Ray Brown, Diana Krall and countless others is legendary. He is the leader of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and co-leads the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

Tamir Hendelman, virtuoso pianist and talented arranger. Tamir is currently with the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. A very in demand player in the LA area, sought by many for his musical touch.

Pianist Jim Howard, Hamada’s longtime associate in Hawaii appears on two tracks. The album was masterfully recorded by seventeen time Grammy award winning engineer, Al Schmitt, at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California. Congrats to Al who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the most recent Grammy's



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Mike Muldoon

Bruce is a true craftsman, heart, mind and soul are always expressed when Bruce plays. A deep well indeed.

Leonard Kubo

A great CD by a first-rate jazz musician
My first thought on hearing the CD was “Boy, this guy can sing!” Tony Bennett, step aside! I really like Hamada’s tone, and his expressive, jazzy phrasing. I found his “Two For The Road” very moving. I’ve only had the CD a week, and I’ve listened to that song at least ten times.

Needless to say, all of the players on the CD are great. I especially liked Tamir Hendelman’s crisp, virtuoso playing. Hamada’s bass solos. . . my only complaint is that he doesn’t take more and longer solos.

My humble opinion is that this is a great CD by a first-rate musician.