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Barbara Gracey Thompson - Born July 27th 1944 (Oxford, England)

Barbara Thompson was born in Oxford and educated at Queen's College, Harley Street, London and the Royal College of Music, where she studied clarinet, piano, flute and composition. Whilst retaining a strong interest in classical music, Barbara was captivated by the jazz work of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane and developed a consuming passion for the saxophone.

1964-1967 was accepted and given a grant for the performer's course at the Royal College of Music. Studied clarinet with Syd Fell, flute with John Francis, & piano with Peter Element at the RCM and saxophone with Charles Chapman outside. During this time she played in many student bands run by people such as Gordon Rose, Bill Geldard, Alan Cohen, and Graham Collier. She was particularly helped and encouraged by Don Rendell, Art Themen, Bill Le Sage, Mike Gibbs, Jon Hiseman and especially by Neil Ardley. During this time played with the all girl pop group "The She Trinity" playing gigs abroad as well as in the UK, supporting "The Who" on three occasions. Joined the New Jazz Orchestra led by Neil Ardley where she met future luminaries of the British Jazz Scene including Dave Gelly, Ian Carr, Mike Gibbs, Trevor Watts, Paul Rutherwood, Michael Garrick, Jack Bruce and of course drummer Jon Hiseman, whom she married in 1967. Throughout this period she was busy gaining experience with Graham Bond, Georgie Fame, John Mayall, Mike Taylor, Ian Carr and many others

Around 1975, she was involved in the foundation of three bands:

the 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 current working band with Peter Lemer (p), Billy Thompson (v) [1], Dave Ball (b) [2] and Jon Hiseman on drums.

The band , still touring and recording despite Barbara being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1997, became one of the major instrumental attractions on the European concert scene. Barbara's original and inventive compositions and soaring saxophone and flute improvisations, have earned he...
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Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
4.00 | 1 ratings
Wilde Tales
4.20 | 5 ratings
Mother Earth
3.05 | 3 ratings
Pure Fantasy
3.67 | 3 ratings
3.50 | 2 ratings
Everlasting Flame
3.00 | 2 ratings
Lady Saxophone
5.00 | 1 ratings
Shifting Sands
4.00 | 1 ratings
Thompson's Tangos (and Other Soft Dances)
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Never Say Goodbye
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The Last Fandango
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Bulletproof (with National Youth Jazz Orchestra)


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Live in Concert
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A Cry from the Heart - Live in London


BARBARA THOMPSON'S PARAPHERNALIA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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Chapter and Verse - The Best of (1982-2001)
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In the Eye of a Storm

BARBARA THOMPSON'S PARAPHERNALIA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)


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 Pure Fantasy by THOMPSON'S PARAPHERNALIA, BARBARA album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.05 | 3 ratings

Pure Fantasy
Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars What a gem, really!

For some reasons, I begun replaying all my cassette collection in the past as I was quite bored with the sound of digital music which in my opinion was not quite ear-friendly and in a way disconnected me with my past experience listening most of music collection from analog source which mostly cassette. Hey, I could not afford to buy vinyl at that time; it's too expensive for a poor student like me. I started listening to my (approximately 800) cassettes since couple of months ago, including those that I got the CDs already. To me, listening to music from cassette creates unique nuance that is irreplaceable by any other form of recorded music as I was grown with cassettes as my main source of listening plus radio, of course!

I was stunned with the fact that I got this Pure Fantasy album by Barbara Thompson. By the time I purchased this was not, I thought, my cup of tea as I was more on progressive rock or contemporary jazz rock like Return to Forever. But now when I play this cassette this time .. Oh boy ..!! This is truly a gem from the past! By the time I purchased this cassette I was truly falling inlove with Marillion's Fugazi and Script for a Jester's Tear - a totally different kind of music! But now this this time, I can really enjoy this cassette collection. The cassette audio quality is still top notch! It's already 28 years of age but the quality is still excellent! One thing I love with cassette is that I am forced to listen to it and not doing skipping as I do with digital records.

The opening track Fields Of Flowers 4:38 blew me away at first listen as it has great flute- work by Barbara. I leaned that from wikipidea Barbara married to the world's great rock drummer Jon Hiseman of Colosseum fame. Jon's drumming work is also great here. I also notice the other great player Dave Ball who plays bass guitar - he is great in this album. I think most track in this album have great bass guitar work. The other great tracks that I love are Listen To The Plants 4:29 and also Kafferinya 3:28 - I love the great violin work.

Overall, this is a really good album with overall 3.5 stars rating. As I learned from Wiki, Barbara has been permanent member of Colosseum since 2004. Keep on proggin' ...!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

 Shifting Sands by THOMPSON'S PARAPHERNALIA, BARBARA album cover Studio Album, 1998
5.00 | 1 ratings

Shifting Sands
Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by tmay102436

— First review of this album —
5 stars My goodness this lady's talented. I hadn't listened to, or purchased a CD from her in quite some time, and then one day thought "what the heck" and got this one.

What a pleasant surprise it was. Thompson has always been a brilliant composer, and really fine, fine player, but this outing really shows that those two factors are now one total package. The performances from all members in the band is superb and inspired - especially the violinist.

The other nice attribute to this release is the extreme high quality of recording and production. Very modern type of mastering, but still that feel that "the band's in the room playing together." It must also be noted that the synth work is absolutely fantastic. Really fresh, clean and not trying to replace an orchestra, just being cool well played synth's and keyboards.

So, a big WOW goes to this one, and most of Barbara's works actually. Those darned English just stir up my soul!!!

Thanks Progarchives for being here, and thanks Barbara Thompson for continuing your musical explorations!

Thanks to snobb for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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