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Lucky Thompson: Accent On Tenor Sax (CD: Fresh Sound)Lucky Thompson: Accent On Tenor Sax (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


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Lucky Thompson: Lucky In Paris (CD: Highnote)
 


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Lucky Thompson: Lucky In Paris (CD: Highnote)


Lucky Thompson: Lord, Lord, Am I Ever Going To Know? (CD: Candid)Lucky Thompson: Lord, Lord, Am I Ever Going To Know? (CD: Candid)
 


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Lucky Thompson featuring Martial Solal: Complete Parisian Small Group Sessions 1956-59 (CD: Fresh Sound, 4 CDs)
4 CD Box Set including a 36-page booklet with comprehensive essay by Jordi Pujol, complete sessionography, extensive recording details, rare photos and original art covers.

Lucky Thompson (1924-2005) had never been accorded the praise he deserved in the United States, despite the fact that in the 40s many prominent critics and musicians considered him the finest tenor-saxophone player to appear in jazz since the emergence of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He never found work easily in his own country, maybe because he expressed his views too forcibly about the various rackets going on behind the glitteringfacade of the musical profession. It got so bad that by the 1950s Lucky was practically ignored by most record labels, which deliberately passed over his name time and time again rather than employ him.

This was the situation in 1956, when he decided to move to Paris—like Don Byas and several others before him—hoping for better things in Europe where his name meant something to jazz critics and collectors. In the months after his arrival in Paris, Lucky appeared on more record sessions than he had in the previous several years in his own country.

These Parisian recordings (1956-1959) went a long way towards proving Lucky Thompson’s stature in jazz; they show that his neglect was uncalled for, and that he was a superb fountain of finely-embroidered jazz improvisation. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Lucky Thompson featuring Martial Solal: Complete Parisian Small Group Sessions 1956-59  (CD: Fresh Sound, 4 CDs)


Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1956 - The All Star Orchestra Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1956 - The All Star Orchestra Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)
In the months following his arrival in Paris in February 1956, American tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson appeared in more record sessions than he had in years in his own country. Although his recordings in France were mostly with small groups, he also recorded four sessions with medium-sized orchestras made up by some of the most relevant jazzmen of the Parisian scene.

For the first of these sessions, Lucky joined the Modern Jazz Group —a ten-piece band— to play a series of compositions written by pianist Henri Renaud, and newly arranged to highlight Thompson’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic imagination. For the remaining three, he had the backing of Dave Pochonet leading several all-star groups that played originals and well-conceived arrangements penned by Lucky. In addition to his writing, his splendid solos project some hard-driving swing, as well as lyricism in the Hawkins-Webster mood. Most of his charts also offer ample solo space for other band members, who don’t squander the chance and jump in with more than commendable musicianship.

Thompson’s effort to sustain a high, solid mood throughout these sessions is somewhat amazing, making it clear that he was not only a saxophonist of excellent control of tone and ideas, but also an imaginative composer and unpretentious arranger. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1960 (CD: Fresh Sound)
Lucky Thompson was still just 35 when these TV broadcasts heard on this CD were recorded in 1960. Thompson is not only heard on tenor but on soprano-sax, an instrument that Lucky had taken up the previous year. The first eight titles were performed at the Club Saint-Germain on May 28, and on five of the eight numbers, Thompson leads an eight-piece orchestra comprised of top French jazzmen (other than expatriates Nat Peck and Kenny Clarke). Pianist Martial Solal (an original even then), and bassist Pierre Michelot, became major attractions. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1960 (CD: Fresh Sound)

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