Chester playing with Genesis during the Turn It On Again Tour (2007)
|Birth name||Chester Cortez Thompson|
December 11, 1948 |
Baltimore, Maryland, US
|Genres||Progressive rock, pop rock, jazz fusion|
|Associated acts||Genesis, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Frank Zappa, The Mothers of Invention, Weather Report, Era, Ron Kenoly|
- Biography 1
Selected discography 2
- Solo 2.1
- As sideman 2.2
- References 3
- External links 4
Thompson made his name as a session drummer. He played in
- Official website
- World of Genesis - Chester Thompson Biography
- World of Genesis - World of Genesis.com 2002 Chester Thompson interview
- Drummerworld: Chester Thompson
- Steve Hackett.com
- Chester Thompson Official Site
- Jenkins, Todd (2002-04-24). "CD/LP Review: Black Market". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- Kelman, John. "Genesis: The Movie Box 1981-2007". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- Doerschuk, Bob (1 May 2002). Playing from the heart: great musicians talk about their craft. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 237.
- 2004: Freak Out
With Chris Catena
- 1990: Serious Hits... Live!
- 2004: Finally... The First Farewell
With Phil Collins
- 1989: Fire Merchants
With Fire Merchants
- 1985: Beyond Appearances
- 1980: Night Song (Motown, 1980)
With Ahmad Jamal
- 1979: A Curious Feeling
With Tony Banks
- 1978: Please Don't Touch
- 1996: Watcher of the Skies: Genesis Revisited
- 1998: The Tokyo Tapes (recorded live 16. & 17.12.1996, released 1998)
With Steve Hackett
- 1977: Seconds Out
- 1982: Three Sides Live
- 1992: The Way We Walk, Vol I: The Shorts
- 1993: The Way We Walk, Vol II: The Longs
- 2007: Live over Europe 2007
With Genesis (live albums)
- 1976: Fly On (East Wind Records)
- 1985: Hunter
- 1988: Breakfast for Dinosaurs
With Air Pocket
- 1976: Black Market
With Weather Report
- 1974: Roxy & Elsewhere (Live recording 8-10.12.1973 & 8.5.1974)
- 1974: You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 (Live in Helsinki, Finland 22–23.9.1974, released 1988)
- 1975: One Size Fits All
- 1975: Bongo Fury
With Frank Zappa
A Joyful Noise (1991, Mesa/Bluemoon )
- with George Duke, Gerald Albright, Brandon Fields & Fowler Brothers
Approved (2013, Joyful Noise Inc)
- with the Chester Thompson Trio
He is currently a member of the Chester Thompson Trio. The group released a CD in 2013 entitled "Approved". The other members of the group are Joe Davidian, piano/keyboards and Michael Rinne, Acoustic/Electric Bass.
Thompson's playing style is widely acknowledged and respected, and can be seen on numerous live videos of Genesis, from 1977 up to early 1990s. His live playing with the band is a striking mixture of his own style and Collins' own, being equally comfortable with acoustic and electronic drums and is renowned for using double bass drums. In the past, Thompson has endorsed Ludwig Drums (1970-March, 1977), Pearl Drums (April, 1977 - July, 1987), Sonor Drums (1990–1999) and Paiste cymbals (1970–90), but has endorsed DW Drums since 2000 and Sabian cymbals since 1990. He uses Remo drumheads, Meinl Percussion and has his own Regaltip Chester Thompson signature drumstick.
He was also a founding member of the band Fire Merchants with Brand X guitarist John Goodsall and bassist Doug Lunn and appeared on their first eponymous recording in 1989. Thompson played drums with Santana in 1984 and is credited in the Beyond Appearances album along with Chester D. Thompson on keyboards.
Thompson also plays on the Steve Hackett albums, Please Don't Touch (1978) and Watcher of the Skies: Genesis Revisited (1996). Later on, he played on Tony Banks' solo album A Curious Feeling (1979). He also appears on Steve Hackett's live album The Tokyo Tapes released in 1998 (recorded, which features also and John Wetton, Ian McDonald and Julian Colbeck.
Thompson has also worked with Phil Collins on his solo concert tours, drumming on the 1982/83 Hello, I Must Be Going! tour, 1985 No Jacket Required tour, 1990 ...But Seriously tour, The Tarzan Premiere tour of 1999 and The Final Farewell tour of 2004/05. He also appears on Phil Collins' Serious Hits... Live! (1990) live album and DVD, and has released his own solo album, A Joyful Noise (1999, Camino Records, CAMCD16).
From 1977-2007, Thompson played with Genesis as their touring drummer. His relationship with the band began when he replaced Bill Bruford, who took over live drum duties for Phil Collins in 1976 when Collins assumed the role of frontman for the departed Peter Gabriel, (although Collins would remain behind the drum kit in the studio). Thompson officially became the touring drummer  in 1977, playing on their tours in that year and in 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983/4, 1986/7, 1992 and the 2007 reunion Turn It On Again Tour. Chester is featured on their live albums Seconds Out (1977), Three Sides Live (1982), The Way We Walk Volume 1 (1992) & Volume 2 (1993) and Live Over Europe 2007. He chose not to be involved in the band's Calling All Stations European tour in 1998, following the band's failure to invite him to join the studio band after Phil Collins's departure.
(1975). One Size Fits All (Live in Helsinki, Finland 22–23.9.1974, released 1988) and You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 (Live recording 8-10.12.1973 & 8.5.1974), Roxy & Elsewhere Thompson played on several Zappa albums, including