Whatever's Best

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Rather than simply reissue his second and third solo albums, 1989's Whatever's Next and 1990's film score Elemental, Danny Thompson instead chose to drop a few minor tracks from each and combine the two for the concise, hour-long Whatever's Best. It's a wise move, as both albums had needed a bit of tightening, and Whatever's Best saves all of the highlights from both. It's an unusual quartet album, matching Thompson's upright bass and an unobtrusive rhythm guitarist to a front line composed entirely of reeds ranging from soprano sax to bass clarinet, with some Northumbrian pipes thrown in for good measure on the meditative "Dargai." It's a wildly diverse set, ranging from...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Rather than simply reissue his second and third solo albums, 1989's Whatever's Next and 1990's film score Elemental, Danny Thompson instead chose to drop a few minor tracks from each and combine the two for the concise, hour-long Whatever's Best. It's a wise move, as both albums had needed a bit of tightening, and Whatever's Best saves all of the highlights from both. It's an unusual quartet album, matching Thompson's upright bass and an unobtrusive rhythm guitarist to a front line composed entirely of reeds ranging from soprano sax to bass clarinet, with some Northumbrian pipes thrown in for good measure on the meditative "Dargai." It's a wildly diverse set, ranging from the Bulgarian-inspired "Sandasko Oro" to the utterly delightful "Hopdance," which sounds like the artsier cousin of Ashley Hutchings' Albion Band. Elemental added drums and piano to a similar bass-and-reeds setup, but the most successful track on the album is the simple, beautiful elegy "Musing Mingus," a heartfelt and expansive tribute to Thompson's obvious inspiration. Voiceprint later reissued both albums in full, but Whatever's Best is a worthwhile précis for the merely curious.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Whatever Uk
  • UPC: 604388439928
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sandanska Oro (5:30)
  2. 2 Searchin' (4:52)
  3. 3 Freedom (7:39)
  4. 4 Hopdance (4:58)
  5. 5 Women in War (8:02)
  6. 6 Fair Isle Friends (3:24)
  7. 7 Beanpole (6:01)
  8. 8 Musing Mingus (4:11)
  9. 9 Dargai (11:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danny Thompson Primary Artist
Alan Skidmore Soprano Saxophone
Stan Tracey Piano
Maire Ni Chathasaigh Harp
Paul Dunmall Soprano Saxophone
John Etheridge Electric Guitar
Bernie Holland Guitar
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