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by Jack Bowers
I needn’t tell you what a great drummer Ed Thigpen is; others more eloquent than I have done so on many occasions, and your own ears can validate their appraisal simply by listening to the master at work, as he is on The Element of Swing, recorded in concert by Thigpen’s excellent trio, Rhythm Features, with guest Joe Lovano, one of America’s most honored contemporary saxophonists. Unlike some drummers who shall be nameless, Thigpen doesn’t equate volume with proficiency; “understated” ...read more