|Ed Thigpen (1930-2010)|
Ed Thigpen played drums in the Oscar Peterson Trio from 1959 to 1965. That group was one of the first combos I came across when I started seriously listening to jazz in high school. I found Peterson's soloing immaculate, so much so that I began to expect that kind of virtuosic playing from the other pianists I was listening to. Peterson's trio was so clean, so concise, I suggest in the review, that eventually, the consistency of those qualities can become a final weakness.
I also suggest in the review that on this album, in this trio--with pianist Carsten Dahl and bassist Jesper Bodilsen--a looser, older Thigpen seems to be featuring his drums as another melodic instrument. In the video below, of a segment from the 1950s television show "The Subject is Jazz," Thigpen talks about getting new sounds out of his instrument:
"I was looking for a way in which to express myself, not only rhythmically, but musically," he says. "So I had to find tones, the sound of a tone quality, so I found that I knew I could do this on the drums."