Saturday, January 22, 2011

Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia - Breathless

"This album was conceived as a series of street moods, hence the titles, short, to the point, and reminiscent of typical street slang... Listening to "Bad Blues", you have to imagine the large metropolis in the early hours with neon lights glimmering off wet pavements an the night people going about their business... "Sax Rap" features Barbara's original talking saxophone, instead of the more romance amidst the chaos of the city... "You must Be Jokin'" is a piece based on a typically English phrase, and dedicated to Ronnie Scott, his incredibly funny jokes and his internationally famous Jazz Club in the heart of London's Soho... where you would probably sit sipping that long cool drink while tapping your toes to "Jaunty"... "Cheeky" mirrors the bright costumes and festive atmosphere of any big City's Carnival week... "Squiffy" reflects the feeling of being high on anything that turns you on... "Gracey" is both graceful and folky, yearning for the neauty and peace so hard to find in the concrete jungle... from the CD cover

Artist: Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
Album: Breathless
Year: 1990-91
Label: veraBra (1991)
Runtime: 61:44

1.  Breathless 9:25 
2.  Sax Rap 6:48 
3.  Jaunty 4:14 
4.  You Must Be Jokin' 6:03 
5.  Squiffy 6:57 
6.  Bad Blues 3:33 
7.  Cheeky 6:40 
8.  Gracey 6:26 
9.  Breathless (Short Cut) 3:53 
10.  Sax Rap (Short Cut) 4:23 
11.  Cheeky (Short Cut) 3:17 
All compositions by Barbara Thompson

Barbara Thompson (Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Alto Flute)
Jon Hiseman (Drums)
Peter Lemer (Piano, Synthesizer)
Malcolm MacFarlane (Electric and Acoustic Guitar)
Phil Mulford (Bass Guitar)
Hossam Ramzy (Percussion) - 1
Noel Langley (Trumpet) - 2,7
Ashley Slater (Trombone) - 2,7
Frank Holder (Congas and Bongos) - 7



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