Real Gone Music
First-ever vinyl LP reissue!
Remastered by Mike Milchner at Sonic Vision
Lacquer cutting by Clint Holley and Dave Polster at Well Made Music
LPs pressed at Gotta Groove Records
Added liner notes by Pat Thomas, author of Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power
Chester Thompson is one of the most decorated and distinguished keyboardists in R&B and rock 'n' roll, let alone the San Francisco Bay area musical scene. Playing with legendary Bay area bands Tower of Power and Santana, Powerhouse was his 1971 recording debut as a bandleader.
It's little wonder that this album, then, is one of the rarest and most coveted albums on the highly collectible Black Jazz Records label — it's Thompson's debut record, cut a couple of years before he joined Tower of Power, with a smokin' band featuring fellow Black Jazz recording artist Rudolph Johnson on sax along with ace drummer Raymond Pounds (Pharoah Sanders, Stevie Wonder, Pointer Sisters) and trombonist Al Hall (Johnny Hammond, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris). And, yes, Powerhouse comes by its title honestly...it's jazz, all right, but injected with a jolt of electricity courtesy of Thompson's Hammond B-3, and with just four tunes spread out over two sides, it's pretty much a nonstop groove.
Newly remastered, and with liner notes featuring quotes from fellow Tower of Power member Dave Garibaldi and Bay Area keyboardist Todd Cochran a.k.a. Bayeté that testify as to Chester Thompson's greatness, this is another long-lost triumph from the Black Jazz label. First-ever vinyl reissue!
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