Ed Thigpen, 1930-2010: "Mr. Taste" Drummed for Pianist Oscar Peterson's Trio in the Late 1950s And '60s


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Jazz lovers called him “Mr. Taste," and the nickname couldn't have been more fitting.

Always fashionably dressed -- and sounding as impeccable as he looked--Ed Thigpen conveyed elegance in every aspect of his life and art.

At the same time, his ability to generate propulsive, hard-hitting swing rhythm made him a driving force in pianist Oscar Peterson's great trio of the late 1950s and '60s, which also included bassist Ray Brown.

This high-profile spot established Mr. Thigpen, born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, as an international figure. It also made him a featured player at Chicago's long-gone London House, where Peterson's trio enjoyed extended residencies.

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