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The Butch Thompson Trio Plays Favorites

  • 1. Charleston, The
    2. Ain't Misbehavin'
    3. Darktown Strutters' Ball
    4. Maple Leaf Rag
    5. Tin Roof Blues
    6. Sweet Georgia Brown
    7. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
    8. Oh, Lady Be Good
    9. Stardust
    10. Tiger Rag
    11. St. Louis Blues
    12. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
    13. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
    14. Nobody's Sweetheart
    15. Memories of You
    16. I Got Rhythm
    17. Mood Indigo
    18. Honeysuckle Rose
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 113

  • Credits
    ProducerButch Thompson
    EngineerTom Mudge

    Personnel: Butch Thompson (clarinet, piano); Hal Smith (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: William J. Schafer; George H. Buck, Jr.
    Recording information: Studio M. Minnesota Public Radio; St. Paul, MN (03/16/1992-03/17/1992).
    Pianist Butch Thompson has been quite consistent in his recording career, sticking to his vision of creatively interpreting pre swing New Orleans and Chicago jazz within the tradition. While most of his sets feature some obscurities, this CD with his trio (which also includes bassist Robbie Schlosser and the colorful drummer Hal Smith) sticks to warhorses but never sounds tired, overly predictable or without enthusiasm. Thompson, who overdubbed his effective clarinet on four of the 18 songs, manages to uplift such tunes as "The Charleston," "Darktown Strutters' Ball," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Tiger Rag" and "Honeysuckle Rose" without resorting to Dixieland cliches. The music therefore is both accessible and inventive, highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

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