Phil Thompson | The Rio Thing

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The Rio Thing

by Phil Thompson

High energy, melodically rich Brazilian Jazz featuring Airto Moreira, Harvey Wainapel and Jovino Santos Neto
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Chico Hipocondria
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2. Seven Steps
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3. Menina Ilza
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4. Prato Feito
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5. Canja Na Cavaca
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7. Cafe
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9. Quase Sempre
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10. Cerca do Macaco
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Album Notes

"Top 10 Brazilian Jazz CD's of 2003" KCSM's Jessie "Chuy" Varela

High-energy, tightly focused Brazilian jazz from some of the Bay Areaís hottest musicians. Drummer Phil Thompson leads his ensemble of intensely expressive players through a dazzling repertoire of melodically rich and bracing Brazilian jazz compositions. Thompson has honed his Brazilian vibe playing with the likes of Airto Moreira, Jovino Santos Neto, and Harvey Wainapel (all of whom appear on his self-titled debut album) as well as the legendary Marcos Silva and Latin great Pete Escovedo.

Featuring Compositions by Hermeto Pascoal, Toninho Horta, Egberto Gismonti, Cesar Camargo Mariano et,al.

"I really enjoyed this album. I like the choice of material
and to me it's clear that this music is a work of love.
Congratulations to Phil and to all the master musicians
involved in this project. Best of luck. Peace."
Duduka Da Fonseca

"I really love the performances and choice of repertoire"
Flora Purim.

Pete Escovedo.

"I love the culture of Brasil so much that I often say that half of my heart is Brasilian. This cd reminds me that you don't have to be Austrian to play Mozart (it helps, though!). All you need is some love, dedication and, of course, talent to understand the music, and you guys have got it all.
Very well arranged, great players, good taste... well done!"
Paquito D' Rivera.

"My friend Phil proves his versatility and talent, he has given us a gift with this great CD. My wish is that it will be the first of a
series! A big hug from Nene" Drumming Legend with Hermeto Pascoal and Egberto Gismonti.

" Phil Thompson's CD "The Rio Thing" is a wonderful record. Phil has assembled many of the best musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and created a unique look at the marriage of jazz and Brasilian music. The tunes are all unique gems of different Brasilian styles and the musicianship is always first-class. Phil, in particular, is a pillar of strength,taste, energy and forward motion throughout this most enjoyable CD."
Chuck Sher
Publisher and co-author of "The Latin Bass Book"

It is a joy and a pleasure to write these lines about Phil Thompson's CD The Rio Thing . Phil has assembled faithfully and competently a high level repertoire, picking some of the best themes from Brazilian popular music. He surrounded himself with outstanding musicians such as Jovino Santos Neto (my companion during many years in Hermeto Pascoal's group), Harvey Wainapel, David Belove, Airto Moreira and Annie Sajdera. This disc proves that music is indeed universal and without borders. It does not depend on the nationality of the musician, only on how much you feel it. Phil and his companions have translated very well the soul of Brazil in their own way, presenting us with a beautiful and well-crafted work.

Check it out!

Marcio Bahia

"Phil Thompson is one of those rare American drummers who can play Brazilian rhythms without any "English" accent whatsoever. His interpretation of Brazilian music is flawless. This is a very nice album!"
Claudio Roditi

"Very sweet stuff man. Great grooves and some of my favorite tunes! " MIKE MARSHALL

Phil Thompson (drums) Performs with the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, the Marcos Silva quartet, Quarteto Sonando, Viva Brasil, Sandy Cressman's Homenagem Brasiliera, and has performed with, Toninho Horta, Claudia Villela and Ricardo Peixoto, Dori Caymmi, Mark Levine's Latin Tinge, Wild Mango, Rhiannon, Mark Murphy, the Ray Obiedo group, and dozens of other Bay Area ensembles.

Harvey Wainapel (sax/clarinet) has performed with jazz giants McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, and Ray Charles, as well as Brazilian masters Hermeto Pascoal, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Paulo Bellinati, Guinga, Dori Caymmi, Jovino Santos Neto, and many others. The 1998 "All Music Guide to Jazz" calls Wainapel "one of the most versatile and promising players of his generation." Colleague Joe Lovano says "It's a pleasure to listen to Harvey's soulful interpretations."

Jovino Santos Neto is a Brazilian pianist, composer and educator. Before moving to in Seattle in 1993, he spent 15 years collaborating with Brazil's master of contemporary music, Hermeto Pascoal. Since then, he has released several recordings as a leader of his ensemble. Jovino has recently won the IAJE/ASCAP Commission presented to an established composer, and is a recent recipient of the "New Works" Award, given by the Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation to jazz composers. He teaches music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and performs worldwide.For more information please visit Jovino's web site:

Dave Belove (Bass) Is the Bay Area's premiere bassist and has performed and recorded with Peter Apfebaum, the Machete Ensemble, Pete Escovedo, Sandy Cressman's Homenagem Brasiliera, Mark Levine, Mark Murphy, Ray Obiedo, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Wayne Wallace, Bobby Matos and hundreds of other local and national - international ensembles.

Pianist Anne Sajdera has been performing regularly in the Brazilian scene as music director for the Brazilian dance band Pandeiros do Brasil as well as leading her own trio, Na Praia. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Bay Area musician for almost 20 years, she has written, arranged and performed music for musical theater (Tanguedia), film (the children's film Terra Madre), television (the Fox network series Classic Animation Showcase) and recently was a soloist with the Ohlone Community College orchestra performing Mozart's Piano Concerto in G Major. She is currently working on a CD of original music.

Michaelle Goerlitz (percussion) has been part of the Bay Area music community since 1980. Focusing mainly on Latin and Brazilian music, she is a founding member of Wild Mango. She has also played and/or recorded with the Snake Trio, Soul Sauce, Liza Silva and Rhiannon, among others.


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Rick Pollack

Great groove, great arrangements, great performances
The compositions on this album are great Brazilian tunes, arranged beautifully. Every tune grooves hard. But, what sets this album apart, I think, are brilliant improvisations over the Brazilian fundamentals. That brings groove, sophisticated Brazilian harmonies and an American influenced jazz sensibility together. It's a beautiful synergy.


The CD kicks ass
Hey Phil--

I'm off to this cruise ship gig in a couple days, but before I leave I wanna tell you that your CD is fantastic; Ive been listening to it in my car for days and it's blowing me away. All the playing is superb, and particularly yours. So clean and precise and grooving. Better than some albums I've heard by Roditti and cats like that. Hard to believe it's locally made. Really cool material, great recording quality, mix, and great playing. Get this thing out there on the air, and don't say another negative thing about it. It's great work. Congratulations!

All the best, LEX

Capital - guitarist

Truly FANTASTIC!! There is no "filler" on this CD.
I'm blown away. Every single song is a stunning arrangement of an incredibly beautiful composition. The depth, sensitivity, intensity and sheer skill of every performance is truly inspiring. And the quality of the recording is extremely high--clear and full and tight. I feel like I'm sitting next to Phil in the studio, with his drumset and amazing band wrapping around me. What a treat!

I highly recommend this CD. Listening to it gives me a surge of positive energy and makes me want to practice... A LOT.