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Dawn Thomson: Happenstance

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This is the second disc I’ve reviewed by Dawn Thomson, a guitarist/vocalist from Canada who relocated to New York City about six years ago, and I could probably stop right here and repeat the other one verbatim. In other words, not much has changed. She is still, as we pointed out then, “a capable mainstream guitarist in the Wes Montgomery/Kenny Burrell tradition” who presumably aspires to be a singer as well. The problem was, and is, that Thomson’s voice “is nothing to write home about — a wavering soprano reminiscent of some of the Latin Americans . . . who ...

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Dawn Thomson: Happenstance

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Front cover shows Dawn Thomson, guitar at the ready, out in the country somewhere. The back cover has Dawn (guitar still at the ready) near a store in The Big City, sitting down as a stranger walks by. This album, mostly originals, marks her five-year anniversary in New York and the happenstance of her being there. If she has anxiety, you can’t hear it; this music is peaceful and so is her album.

The notes come somberly, with a soft trumpet following. Peck Allmond gets the first solo on “Happenstance”, Dawn chording gently behind him. He is mellow, but a ...



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