Born in Jersey City, NJ, Bryant Thompson has chosen since several years the Atlanta area as his working field. He is President of SFC Records: a production and recording company in the Atlanta region. Here he is supporting many musicians with his skills as musician, producer and engineer. Maurice Rogers, Kurt Carr, Darrell Freeman, Paulis Sanchez, Ron James, Candi Staton and Jeremy Haynes are among the artists Bryant has worked with.

It's only natural that his greatest wish was to record his own album. Finally he presents this year his debut Puzzle Pieces, a fine collection of jazz art. The first piece of Bryant's puzzle is entitled after the luxury clock Movado. Prosperous fragments of melodies embedded into a precise rhythm scheme featuring Joe Grandsen on trumpet and Dan Baraszu on guitar. Dan and his group Planet Zu have just released the album In The Light Of Day.

Reflections Of Time is a musical moment and rumination about this physical unit which is so important for life and development. Bryant's atmospheric thoughts in frames and bars. Selah, a meaningful word with a great sound and a huge mystery. Mike Burton on sax fills the song with love and soul. No wonder that his new album is entitled Soulful.

It's the time for Stargazing, watching the stars with your beloved one. Listen to Mace Hibbard's mesmerizing dream catching soprano sax. Based in Atlanta Mace is an accomplished saxophonist with a jazz heritage. He is a professor of jazz studies and saxophone at Georgia State University.

Bryant showcases his romantic side with the intimate solo piano piece Love Notes. Melodious, sensitive and long-winded in many details. Free Your Mind surprises with a complex jazz fusion composition featuring Darrell Freeman with an outgoing bass performance. The funky Shadowboxer features Birmingham's bass hero Eric Essix, who received high accolades with the tribute to his hometown. But Steve "Left-Hand" Lewis is the musician, who spurs the track with his Wah guitar.

Do You Know You presents singer Tracy Hamlin, best known for her longtime association with Pieces of a Dream. The significant instrumental factor of this tune is Anthony Papamichael's guitar. Walk along the Japonica Avenue and follow the rhythm. Contemporary jazz rocks! Perfect Timing is the essential part of music. When all members of the group suit each other, then you can listen to the magic.

Bryant Thompson's album Puzzle Pieces offers compellingly listenable tunes for all serious lovers of contemporary jazz.





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Album Information

Title: Puzzle Pieces
Artist: Bryant Thompson
Year: 2011
Length: 0:49:36
Genre: General Jazz
Label: BryCel

01 Movado [4:47]
02 Reflections Of Time [5:03]
03 Selah [4:37]
04 Stargazing [4:30]
05 Love Notes [7:43]
06 Free Your Mind [4:12]
07 Shadowboxer [4:38]
08 Do You Know You [4:07]
09 Japonica Avenue [4:10]
10 Perfect Timing [5:48]