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Ed Thigpen

A tasteful and subtle drummer who is a master with brushes, Ed Thigpen is still most famous for his longtime membership with the Oscar Peterson Trio. The son of Ben Thigpen (who played drums with Andy Kirk's Orchestra throughout the 1930s), Ed gained early experience playing with Cootie Williams from 1951-1952. After a period in the Army, he worked with Dinah Washington (1954), Lennie Tristano, Johnny Hodges, Bud Powell, and Billy Taylor's Trio (1956-1959). Thigpen replaced guitarist Herb Ellis with Peterson's group in 1959, staying with the masterful pianist through 1965 and appearing on dozens of records. His quiet yet swinging style perfectly supported Peterson and bassist Ray Brown. After leaving Peterson, Thigpen spent two periods touring the world with Ella Fitzgerald during 1966-1972. He settled in Copenhagen in 1972, worked as a teacher, wrote several instructional books, and continued playing with the who's who of jazz as a freelancer. As an occasional leader, Ed Thigpen has recorded dates for Verve (an obscurity from 1966), GNP Crescendo, Reckless, Timeless, and Justin Time. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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NICE !!!
A true master
brushes a forgotten art. i used to play with brushes when we played supper clubs but we were doing oldies n so it was kinda funny but it worked. 1st set only haha the owner would say play soft so we n i did
Mr. Taste!
Thank you ms. Gibson for that infro. will miss his music. God bless his family
Ed Thigpen passed away this week. Maybe the Haitian earthquake took him from us. Oh, he was old enough to die, just too young to leave us. We have his music, at least some of it, and we have the legacy of the music he created.

Just a reminder that all the pain of the 20th century was transformed thru him and we too must transform our pain,even as new anguish is created and continued into the 21st.
brienpalmer
Unbelievably good drummer, especially on the brushes. He plays so well with the melody and harmony that you have to really listen to discern just what he is doing--other w i s e its so good that it is transparent. Make sure that you listen to some of his more energetic work, or else you won't come to appreciate just how well he plays. A thoughtful, intelligent introvert--t h a t ' s my kind of craftsman! Get everything he played, particularly when he fronted.
quicksilver3 2 1
A fine artist....Wh o is the guy on tenor?...I like him...
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