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Vance Thompson

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Such Sweet Thunder

Label: Shade Street Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Pannonica; Isfahan; Little Sparrow; Ugly Beauty; Prelude to a Kiss; Rockin’ in Rhythm; Four in One; He’s Gone Away.

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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La ricca didattica orchestrale delle università statunitensi continua a dare i suoi frutti, facendo nascere organici che non hanno molto da invidiare alle formazioni più celebrate. Questo riguarda in particolare il perfezionismo del collettivo, la flessibilità delle sue dinamiche, la tensione ritmica e l'opulenza timbrica. Il tutto entro orchestrazioni variopinte, capaci di padroneggiare un'ampia gamma espressiva ...

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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Knoxville-based Trumpeter, arranger and band leader Vance Thompson formed The Marble City Five quintet over a year ago and when thinking about recording their first album, decided to augment the band by adding a six-piece horn section comprised of some of the city's younger rising talent. The resulting new Knoxville, TN-based group is now known as ...

Album

Such Sweet Thunder

Label: Shade Street Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: Pannonica; Isfahan; Little Sparrow; Ugly Beauty; Prelude to a Kiss; Rockin’ in Rhythm; Four in One; He’s Gone Away.

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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For the mathematically challenged, Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six equals eleven. In other words, it's Thompson's working quintet, the Marble City Five, amplified by half a dozen horns. On its debut recording, the Knoxville, TN-based ensemble performs music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk and--brace yourself--country singer Dolly Parton. In fact, Parton's “Little Sparrow," the ...

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Bob Lark and His Alumni Big Band: Sweet Return

Read "Sweet Return" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As was the case two years ago (2012) with its first album, Reunion, trumpeter Bob Lark's Alumni Big Band on Sweet Return is comprised of musicians he has supervised in various groups during a long and eminent career that embodies more than twenty years as director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. Even so, ...

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Fred Hess Big Band / Timucua Jazz Orchestra / Michael Treni

Read "Fred Hess Big Band / Timucua Jazz Orchestra / Michael Treni" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Fred Hess Big Band Hold On Dazzle Records 2010 When listening to Hold On, composer / arranger / saxophonist Fred Hess' fourteenth album as leader but first in front of a big band, one question immediately arises: What took him so long? As it turns out, recording his ...

Album

Among Friends

Label: Shade Street Music
Released: 2000

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Vance Thompson: Among Friends

Read "Among Friends" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


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 ...


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