Everything's Coming My Way: The Life and Music of Gordon Thomas | Chicago Reader

Everything's Coming My Way: The Life and Music of Gordon Thomas

Gordon Thomas, who played trombone in the big bands of Buddy Johnson and Dizzy Gillespie in the 40s, has spent the last four decades recording and anonymously releasing a series of relentlessly optimistic original songs whose mysterious origins have piqued the interest of record collectors. Thomas hired session players to enhance his simplistic tunes with jazzy arrangements, but they couldn't disguise the singer's mundane, pitch-challenged delivery. Canadian video makers D. Stacey DeWolfe and Malcolm Fraser managed to track down the 89-year-old Thomas in New York City, and they focus on his charm and determination more than his suspect talent, which results in an entertaining and nonexploitative slice of life. 68 min.

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