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:
02) Ready For Freddie
03) It's The Talk Of The Town
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.