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Takin' Off [Sir Charles Thompson]
Sir Charles Thompson
1. Takin' Off
2. If I Had You
3. 20th Century Blues
4. Street Beat
5. Tunis In
6. Strange Hours
7. Rhythm Itch
8. Mad Lad
9. Benson Alley
10. Sir Charles' Boogie - (previously unreleased)
11. Harlem Jump - (previously unreleased)
12. Mr. Big Horn
13. Benson Alley - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
14. Strange Hours - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
15. Rhythm Itch - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
16. Harlem Jump - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
17. Mad Lad - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 450
Robert G. Koester; Steve Wagner
Personnel: Sir Charles Thompson (piano), Charlie Parker, Pete Brown (alto saxophones), Dexter Gordon, Bob Dorsey (tenor saxophones), Leo Parker, Tate Houston (baritone saxophones), Buck Clayton, Joe Newman, Taft Jordan (trumpets), H.B. Mitchell (trombone), Danny Barker, Freddy Green, Hank Morton (guitars), John Simmons, Jimmy Butts (bass), J.C. Heard, Shadow Wilson (drums).
Recorded in New York on September 4, 1945, in the summer of 1947 and on December 29, 1947 for Apollo Records. Includes liner notes by Len Bukowski.
This is part of Delmark's Apollo series.
Personnel: Sir Charles Thompson (piano); Danny Barker , Freddie Green, Hank Morton (guitar); Pete Brown , Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Bob Dorsey, Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Tate Houston, Leo Parker (baritone saxophone); Joe Newman , Taft Jordan, Buck Clayton (trumpet); HB Mitchell (trombone); Herman Burell Mitchell (tuba); J.C. Heard, Shadow Wilson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Leonard Bukowski.
Recording information: New York, NY (09/04/1945-12/29/1947).
Photographer: Charles B. Nadell.
Unknown Contributor Role: Charlie Parker .
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. ~ Scott Yanow
Down Beat (7/92, p.47) - 4 Stars - Very Good
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