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Rich Thompson

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Chamber Jazz

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: While in Pass Manchac; Charlotte and Evan; Don’t Explain; Bebe; Pee Wee; Oska T; Abschied, Ray; Atchafalaya Fiction.

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Charles Pillow Ensemble: Chamber Jazz

Read "Chamber Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Chamber Jazz, alto saxophonist Charles Pillow's eighth recording as leader of his ensemble, is a generally sedate but remarkably engaging series of tone poems that combine contemporary jazz with elements of classical music to produce a hybrid that underlines what is most harmonious and charming in each genre. Chamber Jazz is what it says, and chamber ...

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Triocity: I Believe In You

Read "I Believe In You" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Here's a formula we've all seen before: take three musicians and let them loose on a program of standards and Great American Songbook chestnuts. It sounds all too simple and pedestrian, right? Guess again. When you're talking about the combined creative forces of multi-reedist Charles Pillow, bassist Jeff Campbell, and drummer Rich Thompson, the potential of ...

Album

Less Is More

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Lotus Blossom; Hoot Gibson; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Camping Out; Less Is More; Invisible; It's So Easy To Remember; This Is For Albert; I've Never Been In Love Before; Step Lightly.

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Rich Thompson: Less is More

Read "Less is More" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Drummer and educator Rich Thompson's third release as a leader Less is More, on the Seattle based Origin records, is a suave mix of quintessential hard bop standards; show tunes and a couple of originals that is full of delightful group dynamics and individual virtuosity. Thompson leads his quartet with a relaxed confidence and impeccable dexterity ...

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Less is More

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2013
Duration: 6:59

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Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...


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