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For the Ears

Sir Charles Thompson, Coleman Hawkins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B00004RIHJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fore!
2. Ready For Freddie
3. It's the Talk of the Town
4. Dynaflow
5. Oh Joe!
6. Best By Test
7. Love for Sale
8. Stompin' at the Savoy
9. Hey There
10. For The Ears
11. Bop This
12. Under The Sweetheart Tree

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Main stream jazz at its best 28 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
These Vanguard recordings made by John Hammond in the fifties in an old Masonic Hall give a more realistic sound with a slight echo, than those made in the more deadening clinical recording studio. The cover is a little misleading as the tracks come from three seperate dates and only 5 include Hawkins. But don't let that fool you the others have some fine musicians on them and the highest standard is set throughout the CD. An excellent example of main stream jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful compilation of mid-'50s tracks 21 July 2000
By MG Nagy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a 12 track compilation of material from three albums:

Sir Charles Thompson Sextet - 1954 (Tracks 5, 10-12).

Sir Charles Thompson and His Band, Featuring Coleman Hawkins - 1955 (Tracks 1-4, 12. Yes, 12 is listed twice, as per the CD booklet).

Sir Charles Thompson Trio - 1956 (Tracks 6-9).

The track listing is:

01) Fore!
02) Ready For Freddie
03) It's The Talk Of The Town
04) Dynaflow
05) Oh Joe!
06) Best By Test
07) Love For Sale
08) Stompin' At The Savoy
09) Hey There
10) For The Ears
11) Bop This
12) Under The Sweetheart Tree

(tt: 63 min. 57 sec.)

I'm only familiar with one other Sir Charles Thompson disc, Takin' Off (Delmark), with tracks that pre-date For The Ears by about ten years. Pete Brown (Alto Sax) and Joe Newman (Trumpet) join Sir Charles again to play on these 50's tracks. Once again, it's a great combination.

The band swings more on these tracks, making this disc a much better (and more accessible) introduction to Sir Charles than the Delmark material. The track sequencing on this disc is great, with the trio material in the middle, providing a nice break while showcasing Sir Charles' piano playing.

On the technical side, a very good remastering job. Everything was bumped to 24 bit using Pro Tools and Apogee DA8000s. There is a little hiss, and a bit of distortion in places, due to the original recording levels and mic placement.

The only complaint I have is with the booklet. Much is devoted to John Hammond (who produced these sessions) and Coleman Hawkins, with very little being said about Sir Charles.

Sir Charles shows up big were it really counts: in the music.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb compilation of a neglected pianist's swinging bands. 6 Feb 2001
By T. Maddison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Until this album I only knew Sir Charles from his playing on the legendary (as here Hammond produced) Buck Clayton 'Hucklebuck'/'Robbins Nest' jam session, where his ultra-restrained Basie styled playing adds much to the massive soundscape of those great recordings, and from a couple of early Charlie Parker sessions ('The Street Beat'?). The tracks here are obviously shorter and snappier, with some great jumping arrangements and wonderful solos (check out Coleman Hawkins on 'Under The Sweetheart Tree'), with the fine quality of the original recordings all too evident, as is discussed at some length in the sleeve notes. Perhaps the standout track is the trio version of 'Love For Sale', one of the best versions I've ever heard, sly, poignant and deeply grooved with some beautiful touches by Thompson. A compilation that definitely makes you want to track down the complete original albums!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD, but seven more tunes are still out there 11 July 2007
By Steve Emerine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This splendid CD is a reissue of 12 of the 19 Sir Charles Thompson tunes Vanguard issued in a double LP album of the same name many years ago. Thompson and his sidekicks (saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, trumpeters Joe Newman and Chu Berry, guitarist Freddie Greene) are great on these 12 tunes, but the missing seven songs are just as great. Let's hope they're part of another reissue the label will put out very soon. Meanwhile, check out Sir Charles on some later CDs he's cut for the Delmark label.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Muisc, poor storage 27 Aug 2012
By Hop Skippin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These are musical titans. So, the music is without a doubt superior.
In this day and age of downloadable music, I buy CDs just as much for the printed matter. To learn more about the sessions.
For this CD, the pamphlet was water damaged (bad storage?) so I couldn't separate the pages.
For this, I felt considering the price, I was upset.
The CD functions fine. The music makes me forget almost everything else!
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