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Ed Thigpen

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  1. Mike says:

    Ethan Iverson (of The Bad Plus) has a remembrance of Ed on his blog. It includes a link to his earlier article about why he didn’t like Oscar Peterson’s work, esp. the stuff he did with Thigpen. I’m not sure I agree with it, but it is certainly the most thoughtful critique of OP’s work that I’ve read.

    I’ve always felt that the negative comments about OP’s playing had more to do with the internal politics of the jazz world than anything else. It always seemed to me that his obvious strengths outweighed that and put the onus on the critiquer to provide something more substantial. Ethan’s article is the best attempt I’ve seen at that.

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