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Takin' Off
     

Takin' Off

by Sir Charles Thompson
 
Pianist Sir Charles Thompson's first three sessions as a leader (all originally cut for Apollo) are reissued in full on this valuable Delmark CD. Actually, as good as Thompson plays (his main influence was always Count Basie), it is not surprising that he is often overshadowed by his all-star sidemen. The first

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Pianist Sir Charles Thompson's first three sessions as a leader (all originally cut for Apollo) are reissued in full on this valuable Delmark CD. Actually, as good as Thompson plays (his main influence was always Count Basie), it is not surprising that he is often overshadowed by his all-star sidemen. The first date (four titles) finds him heading a septet that also includes altoist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Buck Clayton, and tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon. Thompson is also featured in a septet with trumpeter Joe Newman and baritonist Leo Parker that resulted in four songs and three alternate takes, plus a ten-piece group with both Newman and Taft Jordan on trumpets and altoist Pete Brown. This CD not only has the original two titles from the latter date, but two previously unissued songs and a pair of alternates. With the exception of Charlie Parker and Dexter Gordon, the music is generally swing-oriented with basic originals and concise (but colorful) solos. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/1993
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153045029
catalogNumber:
450
Rank:
116373

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Performance Credits

Charles Thompson   Primary Artist,Piano
Danny Barker   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Leo Parker   Baritone Saxophone
Pete Brown   Alto Saxophone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Jimmy Butts   Bass
Bob Dorsey   Tenor Saxophone
J.C. Heard   Drums
Tate Houston   Baritone Saxophone
HB Mitchell   Trombone
Herman Burell Mitchell   Tuba
Hank Morton   Guitar
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
John Simmons   Bass
Shadow Wilson   Drums

Technical Credits

Charles Thompson   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Charlie Parker   Contributor
Dave Jones   Quality Control
Leonard Bukowski   Liner Notes
Benny Davis   Composer
Steve Wagner   Producer

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