The Dealer

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The Dealer
The Dealer.jpg
Studio album by Chico Hamilton
Released 1966
Recorded Main album: September 9, 1966
Bonus tracks: March 15, 1965 and September 18, 1962
Genre Jazz
Length 51:07
Label Impulse! Records (1966)
Impulse! Records (1999)
Producer Bob Thiele
Michael Cuscuna
Chico Hamilton chronology
The Further Adventures of El Chico
The Dealer
The Gamut
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Dealer is a 1966 release by jazz drummer/bandleader Chico Hamilton. It was first released by Impulse! Records (AS-9130) and has been subsequently reissused on CD with the addition of bonus tracks from Chic Chic Chico, Definitive Jazz Scene Vol. 3 and Passin' Thru. The bonus tracks feature different line-ups to that of the album, including Charles Lloyd and Gábor Szabó. In the 1960s, Chico Hamilton recorded six albums for Impulse! Records, The Dealer and Man from Two Worlds are the only two to be reissued on CD. The bonus track, "El Toro" is also featured on the Impulsive! Unmixed compilation. The packaging takes the form of a digipack-styled case with a 12-page booklet featuring the original liner notes and photographs.

All tracks are originals, composed by Hamilton and some arranged by Jimmy Cheatham. The exceptions are "For Mods Only", composed by free jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp, who features on the track playing piano; some licks played by guitarist, Larry Coryell, from which Mick Taylor (of Bluesbreakers and The Rolling Stones) later used with The Stones; and "Larry of Arabia" by Larry Coryell, here supposedly making his first recording.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Dealer" (Chico Hamilton-Jimmy Cheatham) – 6:21
  2. "For Mods Only" (Archie Shepp) – 4:25
  3. "A Trip" (Chico Hamilton-Jimmy Cheatham) – 6:35
  4. "Baby, You Know" (Chico Hamilton-Jimmy Cheatham) – 3:56
  5. "Larry of Arabia" (Larry Coryell) – 5:09
  6. "Thoughts" (Chico Hamilton) – 9:20
  7. "Jim-Jeannie" (Chico Hamilton) – 5:48

Bonus Tracks

  1. "Chic Chic Chico" (Manny Albam) - 2:49
  2. "Big Noise From Winnetka" (Ray Bauduc-Bob Haggart-Bob Crosby-Gil Rodin) - 2:49
  3. "The Second Time Around" (Jimmy Van Heusen-Sammy Cahn) - 3:12
  4. "El Toro" (Chico Hamilton-Charles Lloyd-Gábor Szabó) - 2:49


Original Album
Chico Hamilton Quartet:


  • Archie Shepp - piano on #2
  • Ernie Hayes - organ on #4 and #5
  • Jimmy Cheatham - arranger on #1 and #4, conductor on #3
  • Unknown - percussion and tambourine on #7

Bonus Tracks:

  • Chico Hamilton - drums
  • Albert Stinson - bass, vocal on #9
  • Willie Bobo - maracas on #8, cowbells on #9
  • Charles Lloyd - flute on #9 and #11, saxophone tenor on #10
  • Gábor Szabó - guitar on #8, #10 and #11
  • George Bohanon - trombone on #10, probably maracas and percussion on #11
  • Jimmy Woods - saxophone tenor on #8



  • Original album recorded at RCA Recording Studios
  • Bonus tracks recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Recording Studio
  • Remastered at MCA Music Media Studios


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "The Dealer - Chico Hamilton | AllMusic". Retrieved 13 August 2011.