Angst
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composed & arranged Vance Thompson

Album: A Year in the Life of the Band more info

Recorded live at Jazz a Vienne, France. July 8, 2001.

Featured soloists: Jimmy Mann, tenor saxophone; Bill Swann, piano; Keith Brown, drums.

year in the life

The Thing About Harold Mabern
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Composed Donald Brown; arr. Vance Thompson

Album: The Music of Donald Brown more info

Written for fellow Memphis-born pianist Harold Mabern.

The Music of Donald Brown

 

Back Down in Lu Easy Anna
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Composed Donald Brown; arr. Vance Thompson

Album: The Music of Donald Brown more info

The title for this composition came from Brown’s young son, then in grade school, who was trying to spell “Louisiana” for a school project. Although the chord structure is completely different, the tune functions as a slow blues.

 

The Music of Donald Brown

 

 

Broadway’s Great, But I Can’t Do Without My Cathy
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Matchmaker, Matchmaker / Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries; arr. Thompson

Unreleased live recording – February 22, 2003
Univ. of Tenn. Music Hall

Commissioned by Ron Horn as a Christmas gift for his wife, this arrangement by orchestra leader Vance Thompson is a medley of two of Cathy’s favorite Broadway tunes, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof, and “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” from Fosse.