158

Vance Thompson: Among Friends

David A. Orthmann By

Sign in to view read count
While earning a Masters of Music degree and then teaching at DePaul University, trumpeter, composer, and arranger Lance Thompson played in rehearsal bands with some of Chicago’s finest young talent. Before moving back to his native Knoxville to teach at the University of Tennessee and reconnect with the local jazz scene, Thompson assembled some of his peers and recorded Among Friends, his first disc as a leader.

Although the music is generally within the wide parameters of hard bop, Thompson and company reveal the influence of the classic Coltrane quartet, and also venture into pure bebop and free jazz. His arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Woody ‘N’ You,” with its roller-coaster ride of changing tempos, jagged rhythms, and brash execution, perfectly captures the essence of the bop genre. Likewise for his solo which is played with a full, ripe tone, and skillfully integrates double-time passages without losing continuity.

Dana Hall, who currently fills the drum chair for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, frequently plays with the high energy and thick textures of Elvin Jones, and readily shifts into a more conventional time keeping role. Pianist Dan Trudell often displays the influence of McCoy Tyner (especially on “Shade Street,” the opening cut); however, as his eerie, dissonant introduction to Thompson’s composition “Cataclysm” shows, he is rapidly developing his own approach.

Tenor saxophonists Scott Burns (who doubles on soprano) and Geof Bradfield, also bring strong, assertive voices into the conversation. Bradfield’s short turn on Duke Pearson’s “Ready Rudy,” is one of the disc’s highlights. With casual aplomb, he combines a woody sound with harmonic sophistication and rhythmic flexibility, making standard jazz practices sound new and fresh again.

Track List:Shade Street; Woody ‘N’ You; I Should Care; Ready Rudy; Song For My Mother; Dearest Emily; Among Friends; Cataclysm.

Personnel: Vance Thompson

| Record Label: Shade Street Music | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Tangled CD/LP/Track Review Tangled
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Is It Me...? CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 25, 2017
Read 14.11.2016 CD/LP/Track Review 14.11.2016
by Nicola Negri
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "Live At the Stone" CD/LP/Track Review Live At the Stone
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 29, 2016
Read "Twin" CD/LP/Track Review Twin
by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton
Published: April 6, 2017
Read "Lovers" CD/LP/Track Review Lovers
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: September 13, 2016
Read "Everybody's Somebody's Nobody" CD/LP/Track Review Everybody's Somebody's Nobody
by John Sharpe
Published: May 27, 2016
Read "N.O. Escape" CD/LP/Track Review N.O. Escape
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 26, 2017
Read "Yo!" CD/LP/Track Review Yo!
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!