At the age of twelve, as Patrisha Thomson walked down Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA, she heard melodies soaring from a music store. “In that moment I knew this sound was me, and I wanted to write songs with that joy but with a contemporary story.” It was Count Basie’s One O’Clock Jump. Thus this album of traditional standards with two originals slipped into the mix.
Assisting Ms. Thomson in bringing this music to life are four seasoned musicians, including Steve Rawlins, who wears several hats on this CD; Paul Morin; Gordon Peeke; and soloist, Tom Peterson. All these performers have extensive credits, having arranged and/or performed with many prominent vocalists such as Steve March-Tormé, Bette Midler, Chaka Kahn, Natalie Cole, and the big bands of Woody Herman and Benny Goodman, including Tom’s 17 years with Doc Severinsen’s NBC Tonight Show Orchestra.
This album offers jazz lovers a contemporary and eloquent addition to anyone's classic jazz library.