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I Can't Give You Anything but Love Don't Blame Me East of the Sun Our Love is Here to Stay I Cover the Waterfront My Funny Valentine Undecided Tenderly But Not For Me You Go To My Head Lullaby in Rhythm Indian Summer
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Gerard Pochonet, Michel Hausser, Martial Solal, Pierre Michelot, Jean Pierre Sasson|
Customer Reviews (3)
- "Lucky Strikes!"Review by Big Toots
Lucky Thompson, as John Coltrane also did when he traveled on road buses, developed a “broom sax” that enabled him to endlessly and silently “practice” without disturbing others. Whether or not that added a unique dimension to Thompson’s flowing playing ability or not, who knows? However, it is obvious from this fine effort that improvisationally and otherwise Thompson “sweeps” clean – and superbly - across these dozen well-worn jazz standards.
Recorded in France with a French rhythm section, Thompson, raised in the musical well-spring that was Detroit, takes tenor here and motors gracefully throughout the highly entertaining session. Obviously a disciple of Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas and Ben Webster – with a dollop of Lester and dash of Bird thrown in for many very good measures – Thompson’s improv approach is highly embellished and moves with great authority on both melody and solo (“Don’t Blame Me”). Soundwise, Thompson’s tenor is “Riding Hood” just right. Each note spoken is centered and robust and the far side from side from forceful. That attribute provides an attractive dimension to Thompson’s flow of ideas (“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “East of the Sun”).
Lest one think that Thompson couldn’t swing at varied tempos, check out both the faster and slower material (“Our Love is Here to Stay,” “Undecided” and “I Cover the Waterfront,” “My Funny Valentine” where Lucky unabashedly ghosts Hawk and “read” his Webster’s).
The rhythm section adequately supports. However, it is pianist Martial Solal (“Indian Summer”) and vibist Michel Hausser (“Lullaby in Rhythm”) that stand out.
Whether Thompson lived up to his nickname, who knows and cares? It was – and is – skill trumps fortune in this fine recorded case. It is us who are definitely the lucky ones.
(Posted on 6/8/2015)
- Lucky ThompsonReview by Simon Sez
This Inner City CD is from 1956 so it has Lucky Thompson sounding wonderful many years before his troubles. He spent a lot of time in Europe and this was from one of his stays. Joined by an all-star rhythm section that includes Martial Solal on piano, Thompson is hot on the uptempo pieces and warm on the ballads, showing listeners just how exciting a player he was during his happier years.
Simon Sez: Lucky Thompson (IC7016) did not have the luckiest life, but we are lucky that he made so many fine records, including this one from 1956.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
- Review by ~ Scott Yanow
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