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Chico Hamilton dies at 92; drummer forged California cool jazz sound
Chico Hamilton dies at 92; drummer forged California cool jazz sound

Anyone familiar with the sound of West Coast jazz from the 1950s knows the sound of Los Angeles-born drummer Chico Hamilton. A musician who often emphasized a subtle musical grace in his playing over snare-rattling runs, Hamilton helped forge the California sound dubbed "cool jazz" in the 1950s and launched the careers of a wealth of jazz artists both as a bandleader and an educator. Hamilton, 92, died at his New York City home Tuesday morning. The cause has not been determined, but Hamilton was diagnosed with emphysema late in life, according to his nephew Raoul Hamilton, who confirmed his death. Born Foreststorn Hamilton in Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 1921, he started his...

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