Rich Thompson: Who Do You Have to Know?By
What we have with Who Do You Have To Know? is an organ trio outinggroove in the forefrontwith a bass onboard, making it a quartet. Adding a string bass to the format is always a good idea; the organ never quite adds the heft and crispness to the bottom end that the bass supplies. The set includes a pair of Thompson originals, three tunes from the pens of the group's guitarist, Corey Christiansen, along with guitarist John Scofield's "Grey and Visceral," and compositions by Sonny Rollins, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Billy Strayhorn and Wes Montgomery.
The phrase that comes to mind on a second or third spin of Who Do You Have To Know? is "perfection of execution." These are well-crafted, precision pieces of music coming together to make a "buffed to a high polish" whole. Artists like pianist Bill Charlap do the same thing. He and his group play perfectly, without sacrificing emotion, soul or a spirit of joy in the effort. Rich Thompson and his quartet are right there with them in this regard.
So if the ensemble dynamic is so good, does any one player stand out? Yes. Guitarist Corey Christiansen always seems to be standing in line for that "Artist Deserving Wider Recognition" award, having released a handful of fine albums on Origin Records, including the excellent Outlaw Tractor (2010) and Roll With It (2008), both top of the line organ jazz outings, like Who Do I Have To Know?.
Who Do You Have to Know?; Street Cred; Gray and Visceral; Why Don't I; With You; What a Wonderful World; Wave; A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; Fried Pies.
Rich Thompson: drums; Corey Christiansen: guitar; Bobby Floyd: organ, Hammond B3; Peter Chwazik: bass.
Title: Who Do You Have to Know? | Year Released: 2023 | Record Label: Origin Records
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