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Album Review

While not reaching the same heights of Joe Thomas' previous Ebony Godfather LP, the aptly titled Joy of Cookin' boasts a comparable deep-fried funk flavor, fusing the style and sensibility of blaxploitation-era soundtracks with the formal ingenuity of jazz. Horace Ott's big, bold arrangements nicely complement Thomas' sweet, fluttery flute, which navigates in and out of the melodies with the grace of a monarch butterfly. Guitarist Jimmy Ponder and organist Jiggs Chase shine as well, contributing much to the session's overall joie de vivre. The highlight is a blistering cover of "Thank You (Fall Etin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)" that does Sly Stone proud.

Biography

Born: 16 June 1933 in Uniontown, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

An excellent swing trumpeter who never gained much recognition except from musicians, Joe Thomas was considered a very valuable player in the 1930's and 40's. He debuted professionally with Cecil Scott in 1928 and played throughout the Midwest with lesser-known groups led by Darrell Harris, Eli Rice, Shuffle Abernathy and Harold Flood among others. After moving to New York, Thomas was with Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra in 1934 before it broke up and with the reformed group during 1936-37. He worked...
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Joy of Cookin', Joe Thomas
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  • 6,93 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1975

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