Thomas is a trumpeter recognized by his peers, if not by critics or the jazz public, as one of today’s best soloists on the instrument. He is equally accomplished as a saxophonist and flutist. Here, he excels on trumpet, fluegelhorn, tenor and soprano before an audience at the Cotton Club in Vancouver, B.C. The music would have been happily received at 12th and Jackson, the heart of Seattle’s jazz community, where Thomas did his early learning in the 1960s. The bebop sensibility he absorbed then is at the core of his style, but it is tempered with outside harmonies that send his improvisations in unanticipated directions.
Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.