Lucky Thompson Meets Oscar Pettiford (2 LPs on 1 CD)
  • ABC-111 ABC-111
  • ABC-171 ABC-171
  • Oscar Pettiford Oscar Pettiford
  • Lucky Thompson Lucky Thompson

Lucky Thompson

Lucky Thompson Meets Oscar Pettiford (2 LPs on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Lucky Thompson (ts), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Skeeter Best (g), Hank Jones (p), Oscar Pettiford, Don Abney (b), Osie Johnson (d)

Reference: FSRCD 424

Bar code: 8427328604246

Lucky Thompson (1924-2005) has probably been the most underrated tenorist of his generation. After an active period in both the New York and Los Angeles scenes during the Forties, his career began to suffer all kind of in and outs, and from 1949 up to 1954 Luckys name rarely appeared on jazz club marquees. Fortunately, since that year the unlucky Lucky Thompson would temporarily find what he was looking for. Lucky described the sessions at hand as the first I got the freedom and the men I desired.

Here he blows his heart out in one of the most sustained examples of creative, soulful improvisation ever recorded. It is a hard-swinging set powered by Luckys big tone and beautifully built ideas, featuring the strength and driving pulse of Oscar Pettifords bass.

01. Tom-Kattin 5:02
02. Old Reliable 4:02
03. A Ladys Vanity 5:11
04. Translation 4:02
05. Nr #1 4:38
06. Nr #2 3:09
07. Good Luck 4:35
08. Tricrostism 4:35
09. Bo-Bi My Boy 3:55
10. Body And Soul 4:31
11. Op Meets Lt 3:52
12. Dancing Sunbeam 3:08
13. Little Tenderfoot 2:49
14. The Plain But The Simple Truth 4:45
15. Mister Man 3:32
16. Once There Was 4:03

All tracks composed by Lucky Thompson, except #8 by Oscar Pettiford, #10 by Green, Heyman, Sour & Eyton, and #11 a collaboration between Thompson & Pettiford.

Tracks #1-4 & 8-11, originally issued on the 12" LP "Lucky Thompson, Vol. I" (ABC-111)
Tracks #5-7 & 12-16, originally issued on the 12" LP "Lucky Thompson, Vol. II" (ABC-171)


Tracks #1-4: Lucky Thompson (ts), Jimmy Cleveland (tb, out in #3), Hank Jones (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Osie Johnson (d).
Recorded on January 30, 1956

Tracks #5-7: Don Abney (p) replaces Hank Jones.
Recorded on December 12, 1956

Tracks #8-11: Lucky Thompson (ts), Skeeter Best (g), Oscar Pettiford (b).
Recorded on January 24, 1956

Tracks #12-15: Same personnel as above.
Recorded on December 11, 1956

Tracks #16: Don Abney (p) replaces Skeeter Best.
Recorded on December 12, 1956

Original sessions produced by Creed Taylor
Liner notes reproduced from the original ABC albums

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol



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