In 1961 Thompson recorded as a member of the Pat Riccio big band in Ottawa and in 1963 with pianist Wray Downes and trombonist Rob McConnell. He also released a record as part of a quintet that included trumpeter Fred Stone.
After touring 1971-81 and recording with Anne Murray, Thompson returned to jazz. By then, he had moved from his early bebop-based style to a simpler, full-toned, melodic approach in the manner of a Stanley Turrentine. His bonhomie as a performer brought him annual Christmas/New Year's engagements during the 1980s at George's Spaghetti House. Thompson wrote and recorded several jazz themes; his pop-song arrangements appear on albums by Murray, John Allan Cameron and Gordon Lightfoot. Thompson's brother Lloyd (b Drumheller 4 Nov 1933) worked during the late 1950s in Europe as a bassist with such noted jazz musicians as Dizzy Reece and Don Byas.
Bluesprint. McGriff or Ayre organ, Lofsky guitar, Fuller drums, Brooks voice. 1983. Top Hats & Tails BL-113
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