Barbara Thompson & Rod Argent – Ghosts (1982)

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Barbara Gracey Thompson MBE (born 27 July 1944) is an English jazz saxophonist. She studied saxophone and classical composition at the Royal College of Music, but the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane made her shift her interests to jazz and saxophone. She was married to drummer Jon Hiseman of Colosseum from 1967 until his death in 2018.

Around 1970, Thompson was part of Neil Ardley’s New Jazz Orchestra and appeared on albums by Colosseum. Beginning in 1975, she was involved in the foundation of three bands:

United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, a ‘band of bandleaders’ with Wolfgang Dauner (p), Volker Kriegel (g), Albert Mangelsdorff (tb), Eberhard Weber (b), Ian Carr (tp), Charlie Mariano (sax), Ack van Rooyen (tp) and Jon Hiseman (dr).
Barbara Thompson’s Jubiaba (9 piece Latin/rock band) including Peter Lemer, Roy Babbington, Henry Lowther, Ian Hamer, Derek Wadsworth, Trevor Tomkins, Bill Le Sage, Glyn Thomas.
Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, her most recent band with Peter Lemer (p), Billy Thompson (v), Dave Ball (b) and the late Jon Hiseman on drums.

She was awarded the MBE in 1996 for services to music. Due to Parkinson’s disease, which was diagnosed in 1997, she retired as an active saxophonist in 2001 with a farewell tour. After a period of working as a composer exclusively, she returned to the stage in 2003.

Thompson has worked closely with Andrew Lloyd Webber on musicals such as Cats and Starlight Express, his Requiem, and Lloyd Webber’s 1978 classical-fusion album Variations. She has written several classical compositions, music for film and television, a musical of her own and songs for the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia and her big band Moving Parts.

She played the incidental music in the ITV police series A Touch of Frost starring David Jason. She also played flute on Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.

From 1967, until he died in June 2018, Thompson was married to the Colosseum drummer Jon Hiseman.[9] The couple’s son Marcus was born in 1972, and their daughter Anna (now known as singer/songwriter Ana Gracey) in 1975.

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Rodney Terence “Rod” Argent (born 14 June 1945) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Argent came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and keyboardist of the English rock band the Zombies, and went on to form the band Argent after the first break-up of the Zombies.

Argent is one of the main composers of the Zombies’ music and made major lyrical contributions to the band’s songs. As the band’s keyboardist he used a variety of instruments, including the Mellotron, the harpsichord, and the organ.

In addition to his work with the Zombies and Argent, Argent has made music for television series, been a session musician, produced albums by other artists, and has had a solo career which has included three studio albums: “Moving Home”, “Red House”, and “Classically Speaking.” Argent was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Zombies in Brooklyn in March 2019. (wikipedia)

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And here´s thir collobaration from 1978 (released 1979), it´s a sort of Jazz-Funk … and we can hear Baraba Thompson not only on saxophone, but very often on flute !

This is not the best Barbnara Thompson album, but it´s still a good one … with fine additons of Jon Hiseman and John Mole (“Poltergeist”).

The hightlight on this album are “All Alone” and “Sweet Spirit” ..

You should give this album a try ..

Enjoy this Jazz-Funk music … as a important part of the music scene from this period.

Recorded Autumn 1981 Morgan Studios London

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Personnel:
Rod Argent (keyboards, synthesizer, vocals)
Jon Hiseman (drums)
Robin Jones (percussion)
Barbara Thompson (flute, saxophone)
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Keith Airey (guitar on 01., 05. + 06.)

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Tracklist:
01. Poltergeist (Thompson) 5.27
02. With You (Argent) 4.13
03. Secret Soul (Thompson) 5.03
04. All Alone (Argent) 7.39
05. Ghosts (Thompson) 5.53
06. Little Girl (Argent) 4.29
07. Falling Stars (Thompson) 4.37
08. Moving On (Argent) 3.07
09. Sweet Spirit (Thompson) 4.34

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