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Don Thompson

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Don (Donald Winston) Thompson. Pianist, bassist, vibraphonist, drummer, composer, arranger, recording engineer, b Powell River, north of Vancouver, 18 Jan 1940. After childhood piano lessons he took up the string bass and the vibraphone in his teens. He is essentially self-taught on all instruments. In Vancouver 1960-5 he was sideman to Chris Gage (playing bass or vibraphone) and Dave Robbins (bass) and accompanied the visiting US jazzmen Barney Kessel, John Handy, and others in local nightclubs. With the drummer Terry Clarke he joined Handy's quintet in the USA in 1965, touring widely and making two LPs, one of which, Live at Monterey, was among the most popular jazz recordings of the 1960s. Thompson returned to Vancouver in 1967 (after working briefly in Montreal with Lee Gagnon that year) and then moved to Toronto in 1969

Album

One More For The Road

Label: Cornerstone Records Inc.
Released: 2023
Track listing: Two for the Road; Gentle Rain; Blue Monk; My Ideal; You're Nearer; Bye Bye Blues; The Good Life; East of the Sun; Second Chance; Last Night When We Were Young; Ill Wind; Ballad of the Sad Young Men.

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Article: Album Review

Guido Basso: One More For The Road

Read "One More For The Road" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Guido Basso, known for his mastery of the flugelhorn and trumpet, died in February of 2023. From his earliest days in Montreal playing with the Maury Kaye band, to working in the US with top performers such Vic Damone and Pearl Bailey, Basso gained a reputation as a consummate musician who was capable of working in ...

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brian Landrus, George Russell and Others

Read "Brian Landrus, George Russell and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features different styles of jazz music, such as sleek large ensemble work from Brian Landrus and George Russell and trios led by Charles Lloyd, Jaki Byard and Frank Kimbrough. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...

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Article: Interview

Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived

Read "Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


By February of 2019, Dan McCarthy had reached the end of his time in New York. “The movers had come and packed everything up, and my wife and son were already in Toronto at my parents' house. I was at our apartment in Crown Heights and I only had a few things, including my vibes," he ...

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Article: Album Review

Paul Desmond: The Complete 1975 Toronto Recordings

Read "The Complete 1975 Toronto Recordings" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Even if he had never played another note following the break-up of the Dave Brubeck group in 1967, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond would have entered the history books as one of music's most brilliant improvisers. During his 17 years with Brubeck, Desmond proved himself to be an indispensable part of that quartet with a wistful and ...

Album

The Complete 1975 Toronto Recordings

Label: Mosaic Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Disc One: Too Marvelous For Words; Line For Lyons; It Could Happen To You;; Just Squeeze Me;;I Wish I Knew; I Should Care. Disc Two: Just Squeeze Me; Meditation; Tangerine; Darn That Dream; Nuages; Like Someone In Love; Things Ain’t What They Used To Be.


Disc Three: Line For Lyons; Wendy; Too Marvelous For Words; When Sunny Gets Blue; Audrey; Darn That Dream; Take Five.
Disc Four: Tangerine; Wave; It Could Happen To You; Emily; Line For Lyons; When Sunny Getz Blue; Things Ain’t What They Used To Be.
Disc Five: I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Just Squeeze Me; All The Things You Are; Autumn Leaves; Wave; Nuages; East Of The Sun; [note: CD and set booklets mistakenly list “I’ve Got You Under My Skin as track 5].
Disc Six: Let’s Get Away From It All; Line For Lyons; Just Squeeze Me; My Funny Valentine; Mean To Me; Wendy; Things Ain’t What They Used To Be.
Disc Seven: Wendy; Wave; Things Ain’t What They Used To Be; Nancy; Manha De Carnaval; Here’s That Rainy Day; My Funny Valentine; Take Five.

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Article: Album Review

John Abercrombie and Don Thompson: Yesterdays

Read "Yesterdays" reviewed by Don Phipps


The late John Abercrombie's outstanding and extensive recorded legacy includes two duet albums with fellow guitarist Ralph Towner, Sargasso Sea (ECM 2008) and Five Years Later (ECM, 2014), four Gateway trio albums (with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette), and three Baseline Trio albums (with bassist Hein Van de Geyn and drummer Joe LaBarbera).

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Article: Album Review

Al Muirhead: Northern Adventures

Read "Northern Adventures" reviewed by Jack Bowers


When you've been a musician as long as Al Muirhead has, you not only earn many friends in the business, you also recognize who among them can play. For Northern Adventures, Muirhead's second album as leader of his own group, the eighty-one-year-old Canadian trumpeter assembled a who's who of the finest musicians his country has to ...


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