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Fred Tompkins


Fred Tompkins was born in St. Louis in 1943. After high school he played tenor saxophone in and around his home town for several years before beginning the formal study of music at the St. Louis Insitute of Music, in 1964. By this time his strongest influences were jazz artists such as John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and the Jazz Messengers and the M.J.Q., and classical composers such as Paul Hindemith and Béla Bartók. His earliest compositions, as originally recorded on the album, Compositions of Fred Tompkins, showed a natural tendency to combine those genres into his own style. Some of the pieces tended to exploit a dramatic contrast between genres, but soon the transitions became smoother and the styles more synthesized


Curving Away

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1) Sunrise 2) Plateaux 3) Curving Away 4) Short Phonemes 5) Hope 6) Caprice 7) Floating 8) Spiderweb 9) Cross Table Conversation 10) Reaching Out 11) Etude 12) Ballad 13) Harmony 14) Chord Landings 15) Floating - ver. 2 16) The Hunt 17) Curving Away - ver. 2


The Fourth Arch - To Freedom

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1) Con Moto V 2) The Fourth Arch - To Freedom 3) Layers One 4) Scherzo in 3 Parts 5) The Sun 6) Bass Flute Finale 7) Timeline 8) Nocturne 9) Con Moto VI


Stretching Time

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Scherzo In 2 Keys, Eb Extensions, Afterthought, Fast Phonemes, Enigma, Curving Away, Asymmetry, Trio Finale, Ariana, Chinese Curtain, Postlude (from "Fanfare VI & Postlude - 1979)


Another Place

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1) Layers; 2) Three Times Three; 3) Free; 4) Another Place; 5) Quietly; 6) Scherzo; 7) Ode On A Grecian Urn (poem by John Keats); 8) Postlude


Flute Settings

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: 1) Voices 2) Con Moto 3 3) Lonely Woman 4) Melody 5) Free Form 6) Solo Extensions 7) Tabanca Time 8) Islands

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Fred Tompkins Releases New Album Flute Settings

Fred Tompkins Releases New Album Flute Settings

St. Louis based composer and flautist Fred Tompkins has released a new album, Flute Settings. Local musicians joining Tompkins in performing on the album include keyboard player Jim Hegarty, drummer Charlie Dent, saxophonist and clarinetist Dave Cheli, and steel pan player Boyd F Becker-Nunley. Flute Settings features five of Tompkins' original compositions, one piece each by ...


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