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Don Thompson Banff Jazz All Stars: Celebration

Is lyricism a national trait of Canada? It seems so, based on this celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Banff Centre Jazz Workshop. Thompson, who plays piano throughout (he’s also an accomplished bassist and vibist), leads an octet here, with an implied emphasis on tunes by or for Kenny Wheeler. (i.e., two of the six tunes are by Wheeler; another is a Thompson original called “For Kenny Wheeler.”)

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