Butch Thompson

Chicago Breakdown 88's

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There is a great deal of stylistic overlapping between the three solo projects that Butch Thompson recorded in early March 1989; the others are New Orleans Joys and Good Old New York. While the former focused mostly on Jelly Roll Morton, his Chicago tribute has six additional Morton tunes (including "King Porter Stomp" and "Fickle Fay Creep"), plus numbers by Dink Johnson, Leroy Carr, W.C. Handy ("Beale Street Blues"), King Oliver, Clarence Williams and Little Brother Montgomery; Thompson also remakes his own "A' Solas." It is a pity that Butch Thompson did not investigate the Chicago pianists (such as Earl Hines and Joe Sullivan) more on this CD, which would have given it more of a distinctive personality, but the music is certainly well played and will be enjoyed by 1920s jazz collectors.

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