In 1958 Chico Hamilton needed a replacement for reedman Paul Horn.
Fortunately Buddy Collette recommended Eric to Chico.
Eric’s first recording with the Chico’s quintet came in April 1958.
They recorded two numbers for Pacific jazz records.
‘In a Sentimental Mood’ and ‘I’m Beginning to See the Light’.
But two numbers were not to be issued until years later.
The Chico Hamilton Quintet was filmed at the Newport Jazz Festival for the documentary ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’.
Eric was playing flute on a performance of ‘Blue Sands’.
Then The album ‘Gongs East’ was the best recording by the Chico Hamilton Quintet.
Eric began to play his only developing style from this period.