Earma Thompson - Madam Queen

Earma Thompson - Madam Queen
Genre: Jazz
Duration: 57:28
Recording Date: December 14, 2006 & January 10, 2007
Artist: Earma Thompson
Album: Madam Queen
Release Date: October 9, 2007
Recording Location: WBEZ

To honor the veteran if greatly underrated Chicago pianist Earma Thompson, tenor saxophonists Ari Brown and John Brumbach joined her in a quintet for a set of standards and basic originals. While Brumbach and especially Brown are best known for playing in more adventurous settings, they sound very much at home on this hard-swinging date, recalling such Chicago tenors as Gene Ammons and Johnny Griffin. Brumbach takes "Ceora" as his feature while Brown swings on a medium-tempo version of "In a Sentimental Mood." Otherwise, the two tenors are on each number, challenging each other and inspiring Thompson. With fine support supplied by bassist Yosef Ben Israel and drummer William "Bugs" Cochran, this is a classic hard bop set; highly recommended.

Next Time You See Me / William S. Harvey / Don RobeyEarma Thompson feat: Ari Brown / John Brumbach5:51
Madam Queen / Gene AmmonsEarma Thompson feat: Ari Brown / John Brumbach9:30
The Way You Look Tonight / Dorothy Fields / Jerome KernEarma Thompson feat: Ari Brown / John Brumbach7:22
CeoraEarma Thompson feat: John Brumbach6:48
In a Sentimental Mood / Duke EllingtonEarma Thompson feat: Ari Brown10:01
Sunny / Bobby HebbEarma Thompson feat: Ari Brown / John Brumbach8:53
Trouble in the Day Room / John BrumbachEarma Thompson feat: Ari Brown / John Brumbach9:03

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