[Dixielandjazz] Where did it go?

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Sat Jun 19 13:18:42 PDT 2010

On 19 June 2010 02:15, Ken Mathieson <ken at kenmath.free-online.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi Marek et al,
> I think you might find that the Nazis weren't too keen on jazz in the
> countries they occupied either, so jazz became the music of protest and
> resistance in France, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark etc. Sure jazz
> had been there before the war, but the fact that the Nazis disapproved of it
> so strongly made it a certainty that jazz would be adopted as the music of
> resistance.

Keen or not, they allowed it in France, and Django and his groups
flourished.  I don't know about the other countries.
> I hope you enjoy the home brew

I did.  Unfortuantely, it was the last pint.

and I'm sure you'll enjoy my old pal Eddie
> Thompson. Is it the Hep CD "The Unforgettable 1982 Concert?"

No - I hardly listen to CDs, except in my car.  It was "Out of Sight"
on MPS BAP 5044 (issued on the continent as "Piano Mood"), recorded
apparently in 1970 (they would no disclose such qualified
information).  A lovely record, with Tony Archer (bass) and Terry
Jenkins (dms), in mint condition.  I bought it some two weeks ago in a
second hand store, for under a pound (probably because Eddie Thompson
is not well known in this country.

He was a
> monster player who could make a poor piano sound OK, but on this record he
> gets a magnificent Bosendorfer concert grand to play and makes the most of
> it.

No idea what piano he was playing; in the notes he mentions "looking
forward to playing that great sounding piano," which he heard on
Peterson's MPS records.

A wonderful pianist, Eddie Thompson.  I first heard him with Tony
Whittle and Bud Freeman at the 100 Club in 1976.

If any listees haven't heard him before, I'd recommend this CD
> unreservedly. His major influences included Art Tatum and Bud Powell, so
> it's not Dixie, but he was a fine player

Powell is one of the few bop pianists I do not like, but Thompson was
much more than a bopper.


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