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Tasty Puddin'

by Justin Thompson

Cool jazz vocals, hot swing guitar, classic songwriting and one britney tune.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Would You Like a Kiss
3:16 $0.99
2. Take My Hand
3:32 $0.99
3. Freezer Burn
3:22 $0.99
4. Because of You
3:42 $0.99
5. Tasty Puddin'
3:16 $0.99
6. Beside Me
3:13 $0.99
7. On the Inside
3:32 $0.99
8. Peace to Your Dreaming
4:03 $0.99
9. My Only Regret
3:07 $0.99
10. Hit Me Baby
3:51 $0.99
11. Maybe, I Will
2:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Brand New Same Old Obsessions is not only the title of Justin Thompson's latest release, but it is also the perfect description for his music -- classic meets modern -- jazz meets pop, and now music lovers are meeting Justin Thompson. Oscar winning actress Marcia Gay Harden recently called him the “rowdy Harry Connick Jr” in TIME Magazine. He won Nashville’s Starving Artist Award for Best Male Artist two years in a row and his debut CD, Tasty Puddin’, was named one of Music City’s top ten CDs of the year by the Nashville Rage.

During his tenure in Nashville, he performed with Katharine Wayland (The Squirrel Nut Zippers), Mark O'Connor, The Nashville Chamber Orchestra, John Hartford, Riders in the Sky, David Grier, Buddy Spicher, Mandy Barnett, Greg Garing, Kathy Chiavola, Annie Sellick, and the Gypsy Hombres. As an Hombre, he was voted “Best Jazz Musician of Nashville” and had two best selling CDs -- Cafe Strut and Django Bells. The latter received critical acclaim from around the country including four stars from Down Beat magazine and the season’s top pick by The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and NPR’s “All Songs Considered.”

Now based out of New York City, Justin is touring venues ranging from festivals such as South By Southwest to black tie affairs including dinner parties for the former prime minister of Canada and Nashville's Swan Ball (alongside Tony Bennett) to college campuses, house concerts, and jazz clubs scattered throughout the United States.


If you like Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra or Harry Connick Jr., you'll adore this CD. Filled with whimsical lyrics and amazing jazz melodies, Thompson is doing for jazz what Joss Stone has done for soul...modernizing it and bringing tradition into the 21st Century. With a jazz remake of Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby" that begs to be heard, this album is nothing but listening pleasure. In "Because of You" he sings, "Because of you/I learned that love is found/By giving selflessly/And it was you who turned my life around/I only wish that you could see/I'll be holding hands someday again/Kissing lips that may be true/She'll never know the man I am/Is all because of you." He combines cool jazz vocals with hot swing guitar, making this album a classic in my book. If you like that "Sleepless in Seattle" jazz, this is a must have. Don't let the album title throw you off; just get the CD!

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Former Gypsy Hombre Justin Thompson's new project finds the guitarist stepping to the mic and conjuring a Django Reinhardt-meets-Chet Baker vibe, with a little Nat King Cole thrown in for seasoning. He's developed a fine reputation for his archtop work, particularly his chunking, rapid-fire rhythm playing, but his upcoming CD shows that he's every bit as dangerous as a soloist, blending melody, chromaticism, chordal flourishes and thoughtful phrasing with great success. The biggest surprise is the ease with which Thompson steps into the front man slot, dishing up sultry, smoky laid-back vocals on self penned tunes.

Nashville Scene

Justin Thompson needn't convince anyone of his guitar credentials. The Berklee College of Music graduate played in the ethnic-swing band Gypsy Hombres, and he's also taught guitar to back-up artists for Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt. He's even instructed David Grier, an accomplished bluegrass guitarist. But equally impressive is Thompson's vocal style, a Chet Baker-style whisper. Where Baker's sighs almost blew away on the breeze, Thompson's singing benefits from a corporeal urgency borrowed from the great big band crooners. There's plenty of swing on his album Tasty Puddin', driven forward by David Jellema's red-hot cornet. Plus, he achieves the seemingly impossible, making a saucy, salty jazz number out of Britney Spears' saccharine pop.

Metro Pulse (Knoxville,Tn)



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JaZZ Kitty

Tasty Is Right! - airplay from me on Oz Jazz Radio
Tasty Is Right! Although Justin Thompson is a new boy on the Jazz scene, he is a clever composer and talented guitarist. This album is well worth the investment. Each track has a unique feel, making it a pleasure to hear from start to finish. Justin's sidemen help provide the listener with a sweet and mellow musical experience. Tasty Puddin' gets lots of airplay from me on Oz Jazz Radio.

Brian K - Rhode Island

Swing, baby, swing!!!
Aside from the unavoidable comparisons to Harry Connick due to the similar, velvet-smooth vocals, Justin Thompson is worth a long listen to appreciate his chops on the guitar. Swing is a favorite of mine, and Justin does it justice. The CD is jumpin' from the first track, and keeps you entertained all the way to the end. I definitely recommend adding this to your collection.

David R.

Great Stuff
Great jazz. I really like the picking style on the guitar. I got the CD last week and it has been in my player ever since.


Get this CD!!!!!
Hi purchased this CD for a friend of mine who own this cool, Restaurant and Wine Bar:)
Well let me tell you it was played the whole night over and over throughout dinner service...
Customers asked her who the artist was, they loved it!

Justin Thompson is excellent, the CD is soooooo goood!!!
I originally just sampled a view songs b4 buying it, but after playing it the other night, glad I bought it!!!

He simple ROCKS!.......This CD is addictive.

OOOOH YEAH........Hit me baby one more time:):):)

Bob Paiva

Tasty Puddin\'
I love the intelligent lyrics and musicality of Justin Thompson. Bought both of his CD\'s and look forward to the next

Nancy G.

Amazingly talented!
If I could have rated this album 10 stars I would have. This man has such an incredible voice and such honest emotion in his vocals. Add that to a wonderful and refreshing guitar style (that reminds me a little of my dad, which makes this even more special to me, since my dad passed away late last year)... and you have just the perfect cd. You know... one of those where you can't seem to pick a favorite song, and there's not even one you want to skip, cuz they're all so great. Definitely an album that no self-respecting "vocals" fan should be without.


MMM..MMM...Good !
Love the CD!!
What a great smooth voice.
This will be in my CD player for a while.


Mmm... tasty.
This CD is fabulous. Thompson's songs are witty and have a great beat for swing dancing. He definately fits in well with the whole new swing scene. My only complaint is that the entire album is only 37 minutes long... I would have loved to hear more!

Emily Gail Howell

new tunes but classic feel - I love it!
I bought my Tasty Puddin' CD at a gig. After I listened to it, I went online and ordered it for six of my friends. I may have to order more! Everyone I play it for loves the sound. It has new tunes but a classic feel. I like the mix and choice of instruments, as well as Justin's smooth vocals. This version of "Hit Me Baby" is a favorite with my friends. This CD rarely leaves my player - I love it!

P. Holland

Swinging the paint off my walls!
I'm astounded this guy isn't better known, because he's the real deal: great voice, superb guitar chops, first-rate original compositions that already sound like standards, and all of it served up with style -- a Tasty Pudding for your ears. This one's been in my cd player since it arrived, and it keeps growing on me with every listen. The band swings hard, but does so in an effortless way. Justin Thompson is a huge talent. This one needs to be in your CD collection.
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