For the Ears [Vanguard]

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Although Vanguard gives Coleman Hawkins co-billing on this 1999 reissue, the tenor titan is actually heard on only five of its12 John Hammond-produced selections which were recorded in 1954, 1955 and 1956. But with or without the mighty Hawk, the material finds Sir Charles Thompson in good to excellent form. In the 1950s, Thompson fluctuated between swing and bop, and For The Ears reflects his passion for both. The CD also reflects Thompson's love of Count Basie. Although the pianist was quite recognizable himself, Basie was always his primary influence--and the Count's influence comes through on hard-swinging uptempo numbers like "Dynaflow" and "Ready for Freddie" as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Although Vanguard gives Coleman Hawkins co-billing on this 1999 reissue, the tenor titan is actually heard on only five of its12 John Hammond-produced selections which were recorded in 1954, 1955 and 1956. But with or without the mighty Hawk, the material finds Sir Charles Thompson in good to excellent form. In the 1950s, Thompson fluctuated between swing and bop, and For The Ears reflects his passion for both. The CD also reflects Thompson's love of Count Basie. Although the pianist was quite recognizable himself, Basie was always his primary influence--and the Count's influence comes through on hard-swinging uptempo numbers like "Dynaflow" and "Ready for Freddie" as well as the ballads "Under the Sweetheart Tree" and "It's the Talk of the Town" both of which remind us how seductive and alluring Hawkins' ballad playing could be. Four of the songs, including "Love for Sale" and "Stompin' at the Savoy, " come from a drumless 1956 trio date with guitarist Skeeter Best and bassist Aaron Bell. Opting for variety, For The Ears paints an appealing picture of Thompson's Vanguard output.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/1999
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707960427
  • Catalog Number: 79604
  • Sales rank: 258,044

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fore! (6:55)
  2. 2 Ready for Freddie (2:58)
  3. 3 It's the Talk of the Town (4:37)
  4. 4 Dynaflow (4:52)
  5. 5 Oh Joe (6:21)
  6. 6 Best by Test (2:51)
  7. 7 Love for Sale (6:25)
  8. 8 Stompin' at the Savoy (3:14)
  9. 9 Hey There (5:13)
  10. 10 For the Ears (11:17)
  11. 11 Bop This (3:45)
  12. 12 Under the Sweetheart Tree (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sir Charles Thompson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Joe Newman Trumpet
Aaron Bell Bass
Pete Brown Alto Saxophone
Benny Morton Trombone
Coleman Hawkins Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Gene Ramey Bass
Skeeter Best Guitar
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Osie Johnson Drums
Steve Jordan Guitar
Benny Powell Trombone
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Charles Thompson Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Steve Buckingham Producer
Samuel Charters Liner Notes, Author
Jerry Livingston Composer
Marshall Morgan Engineer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
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