CJ Shearn

Chester Thompson

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I really love CT's playing with Santana, he is always tasteful and groovin, and his solo "Amazing Grace" from keyboard.tv is great too. Has he made any other albums as a leader besides "Powerhouse" on Black Jazz?

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Have you heard his earlier work with Tower Of Power?

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some of it, the "Squib Cakes" solo for example. what a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad solo!

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I believe these are two different Chester Thompsons. One is a drummer, the other an organist, who made the "Powerhouse" album.

Haven't played it in a while. Thanks for the reminder. It's great!

MG

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But the Chester Thompson who played with Tower of Power (whose "classic" drummer was Dave Garibaldi) is an organist, and is the same one who make "Powerhouse". He's also played w/Santana.

To confuse matters further, Chester Thompson the drummer had a stint with Weather Report, but it's Chester thompson the organist who plays on the recently released Santana/Shorter album on which at least one tune ("Elegant People") that Chester Thompson the drummer had orignally played on.

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I believe these are two different Chester Thompsons. One is a drummer, the other an organist, who made the "Powerhouse" album.

Haven't played it in a while. Thanks for the reminder. It's great!

MG

Maybe you meant to say "I believe there are two different Chester Thompsons"...? :)

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yeah Chester C. Thompson, the Genesis and WR drummer I am not talking about. Talkin about the organist :)

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I do not know of any other solo records by Chester Thompson (the organist) besides Powerhouse. The current organist in ToP, Roger Smith, is a bad dude as well.

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But the Chester Thompson who played with Tower of Power (whose "classic" drummer was Dave Garibaldi) is an organist, and is the same one who make "Powerhouse". He's also played w/Santana.

To confuse matters further, Chester Thompson the drummer had a stint with Weather Report, but it's Chester thompson the organist who plays on the recently released Santana/Shorter album on which at least one tune ("Elegant People") that Chester Thompson the drummer had orignally played on.

Thanks - I didn't know he'd played with ToP and Santana. Thought the only recording he'd made was "Powerhouse".

MG

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Chester Thompson's best Tower of Power work is considered classic, perhaps even iconic, in certain circles.

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Chester Thompson's best Tower of Power work is considered classic, perhaps even iconic, in certain circles.

:tup Damn Straight!!!

Unfortunately, that bastard CT also stole my bike when I was twelve, and then killed my grandma with her own cane! :angry:

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Chester Thompson's best Tower of Power work is considered classic, perhaps even iconic, in certain circles.

:tup Damn Straight!!!

Unfortunately, that bastard CT also stole my bike when I was twelve, and then killed my grandma with her own cane! :angry:

Never knew she was impaired. :mellow:

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Chester Thompson's best Tower of Power work is considered classic, perhaps even iconic, in certain circles.

:tup Damn Straight!!!

Unfortunately, that bastard CT also stole my bike when I was twelve, and then killed my grandma with her own cane! :angry:

Never knew she was impaired. :mellow:

Oops! I was thinking about THIS CT. My humble apologies to Mr. Thompson, fine organist and humanitarian. ;)

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IM GONNA SEE THE REAL CHESTER THOMPSON IN OCTOBER!!!!!!!!!!!!

They're both real - do you mean the organist?

MG

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thanks for the rather deep reply Aric :rolleyes:

Edited by CJ Shearn

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Aric don't be a jerk alright? I don't care that much for Genesis or prog rock. We were talking about Chester Thompson the ORGANIST with ToP and Santana. I thought there was a thread on prog somewhere on here.

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Chester Thompson has some videos up on the Keyboard Magazine TV website: www.keyboardmag.tv. Click on ---> Lessons ---> How To Play and then look for the vids prefaced by CT:

In a few he's playing the XK System, although the audio is kinda whack.

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Nice article, bdamusic. Thanks,

Must try to remember to get that Doodlin' album.

MG

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Chris cain is weird. A Greek African American Fusion guitarist who does BB King impersonations. Awesome player :g

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