For the Ears [Vanguard]

For the Ears [Vanguard]

by Sir Charles Thompson
     
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/1999
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707960427
catalogNumber:
79604
Rank:
196916

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Thompson   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   Producer
Steve Buckingham   Producer
Samuel Charters   Liner Notes,Author
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Marshall Morgan   Engineer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator

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