J. Thompson -
San Francisco Bay Area guitarist J. Thompson is since a long time in
music business. A professional musician since the age of 16,
Thompson's expertise on guitar, bass and drums has led him to
participate in a wide range of projects throughout his career. Earlier
in his career as a session bassist, Thompson worked with producers Jim
Gains and Allen Toussaint. Outside of the studio, Thompson played bass
with the Jorge Santana band in the late 70's and 80's and with the
Pablo Cruise band in the 90's, among many others.
Thompson moved into the adult
contemporary world in 1989 with his hit album, "Tell Me Tell
Me." That album was followed by "Romantic Night"
in 2003. Musicians on his new project "Inside World (2006) are
J.Thompson (guitars and bass), keyboardist and producer Peter Horvath,
on drums from Chicago, Oscar Seaton, percussionist Luis Conte, guest
appearance by Norton Buffalo on three of the original compositions, on the
last "rock anthem" track ONE-DAY, Tim Gorman on organ, and
the legendary John Blakeley on Mandolin and acoustic Guitar.
Marché Marché is one of these tunes which are motivating
for further activities. The tune has a hooking melody arranged in a accessible
instrumental environment. The melody line is simple and is often
repeated resulting a certain headbopping effect.
J. Thompson uses the same structure
of melody on the following track Tale Of
Tiernan. He throws in some notes to allure the audience.
This guitarist is a musician with a
great talent for song writing. You recognize it by Smile
For Me. A further guitar tune with a remarkable melody.
what the title says. A smooth romantic piece for dreaming on. Peter
Horvath adds a sparkling piano line. Gavin says about him: "Peter's
brand of piano soul is light, accessible and glistening with
chrome-plated funk chord changes." Peter's music is also to find
on many albums of the Braxton Brothers.
Ciny In The
City is featuring Norton Buffalo on harmonica. He is
regarded as one of the most versatile and talented harmonica players
in the music business. Most will know him as a highly celebrated
member of the Steve Miller Band. The tune has a jazzy appeal.
J. Thompson is also an excellent
singer. Inside World is a
fantastic song in the tradition of singers like Stevie Winwood, Climie
& Fisher or Steve Miller. Did I say he is a great song writer?
So Sexy is
the opportunity to mention that J. Thompson doesn't make the mistake
to use drum programming. Instead he is supported by two of the most
prominent rhythm experts: Oscar Seaton on drums and Luis Conte on
percussion. So Sexy has the flair of a good oldie of the seventies.
Gimmie Sum is
a funky tune with a melodic bridge. Pick Up The Pieces comes into
mind. Shake your bootie. Brilliant guitar play.
is Norton Buffalo 's second appearance. J. Thompson lets his
distortion guitar cry. Mercy!
Everything To Me Norton Buffalo reveals more of
his world class.
One Day is
the final tune and J. Thompson's promise to return soon with new music
of finest quality.
Inside World is an album of a matured
musician with great experience as performer, arranger and song writer.
A gemm for all fans of good guitar music.