Don Thompson Quartet
For Kenny Wheeler
Sackville 2078

Don Thompson has been a driving force on the Toronto jazz scene since his arrival in 1971. This followed the acclaim he gained as a member of John Handy's ground breaking group. Their landmark recording at the Monterey Jazz Festival is still considered a jazz classic.

Don's multi-faceted talents on piano, bass and vibraphone has led to collaborations with Rob McConnell, Jim Hall, Jay McShann, Junior Mance, Paul Desmond and Jim Hall. He first met Kenny Wheeler in 1982 at the Banff Summer School. They have collaborated in many projects since that time and Don believes that Kenny is ̉today's Duke EllingtonÓ.

This recording, with all tunes written at different times by Don, reflects the compositional inspiration he has drawn from Kenny over the years. All the music was recorded in one afternoon by musicians equally in tune with the leader's ideals. Phil Dwyer is a uniquely multi-talented instrumentalist. He is featured, primarily on soprano and tenor saxophone but he is also heard on piano behind Don's vibes on two selections.

Filling out the group are two master musicians - Jim Vivian (bass) and Terry Clarke (drums).

Don Thompson can be heard playing bass on quite a few Sackville recordings in such diverse company as Ed Bickert, Jim Galloway, Junior Mance, Jay McShann, Frank Rosolino and Red Schwager. It has been quite a while since he was heard playing piano for us.

This quartet will be traveling across Canada in October. They will be bringing this music to audiences from Newfoundland to the Yukon. At least 12 venues are on board as this is being written. It will be a rare chance for Canadians to experience the best that Canada can offer in the jazz field.

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