“Rich Thompson was the power that drove the Basie Sound”
The Boston Globe
"Generations" is a trio comprised of musicians spanning a 30-year age difference. Their musical connection, transcending age and experience, is readily apparent as the trio applies their spin to jazz standards, such as Blues Connotation and I Hear a Rhapsody, and modern originals. Veteran drummer Rich Thompson teams with pianist Chris Ziemba, winner of the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, and bassist Miles Brown to contribute a dynamic and swinging new recording to the great piano trio lexicon.
1. Blues Connotation 7:05
2. I Hear A Rhapsody 4:00
3. Next Morning 5:30
4. Nascimento 4:01
5. More Or Less 5:31
6. Keep Me In Mind 4:43
7. I Thought About You 9:38
8. Song Without Words 6:07
9. I'm In Love With The Girl Next Door 6:43
Chris Ziemba - piano
Miles Brown - acoustic bass
Rich Thompson - drums
Doug Stone - tenor saxophone (9)
Produced by Rich Thompson
Recorded by Richard Wattie
at Kresge Studios, Rochester, NY
July 14th and August 26th 2011
Mixed & mastered by John Nyerges
at JBR Studios, Rochester, NY
Cover photo by Jaap Hart
Tray photo by Rob Sylvan
Additional photography by Chad McCullough, Roberto A Sanchez, and Rich Thompson
Design and layout by John Bishop
Oregon Jazz Scene
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Rich T ...
The Bop Shop - Rochester, NY
Drummer Rich Thompson has been in demand as a top call drummer in Rochester for the past 25 years. Besides serving as the drum set instructor at the Eastman School of Music since the fall of 1996, Rich has toured, performed, and recorded with the “who’s who” of jazz greats including pianist James Williams (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers), The C ...