Lucky Moments

Lucky Thompson

Lucky Moments

Ocium Jazz

Personnel:
Karl George, Neal Hefti (tp), J.J. Johnson (tb), Rudy Rutherford (cl), Benny Carter (as), Lucky Thompson (ts), Bill Doggett, Dodo Marmarosa (p), Freddie Green, Barney Kessel (g), Rodney Richardson, Red Callender (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

Reference: OCM CD 038

Lucky Thompson is one of the most interesting saxophonists ever. He has a beautiful tone that can be compared to Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. His execution, vibrato and expressive power of his intonation belong to Hawk's school, whilst his sinuous phrases come from Don Byas. This CD offer an overall view of one of the most productive moments of Thompson's career by focussing on some of his many recordings of his time in Los Angeles, between 1945 and 1947, and also the very rare tracks recorded for Decca in early 1950's, in New York.

Tracklisting:

1. Avenue C (3:04)
2. I'm In The Mood For Love (2:39)
3. No Good Man Blues (3:11)
4. Why Not (2:53)
5. Irresistible You (3:22)
6. Phace (2:45)
7. Dodo's Bounce (2:41)
8. Dodo's Lament (2:51)
9. Slam's Mishap (2:30)
10.Schuffle That Ruff (2:32)
11. Smooth Sailing (2:39)
12. Commercial Eyes (2:38)
13. Just One More Chance (3:11)
14. From Dixieland To Bop (3:02)
15. Boulevard Bounce (3:15)
16. Boppin' The Blues (2:59)
17. Stay In There (3:01)
18. Over The Rainbow (2:59)
19. Flamingo (2:35)
20. Mambo In Blues (2:50)
21. The Scene Is Clean (2:54)
22. The Night Hawk (3:01)
23. Little Boy, Blow (2:32)
24. Moolight In Vermont (3:01)
25. Bunny (2:28)

Total Time : (71:46)

Track #1: COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Harry "Sweets" Edison, Al Killian, Joe Newman, Al Stearns (tp); Dickie Wells, Ted Donnelly, Eli Robinson, Louis Taylor (tb); Jimmy Powell, Earl Warren (as); Buddy Tate, Lucky Thompson (ts); Rudy Rutherford (bs); Count Basie (p); Freddie Green (g); Rodney Richardson (b); Joe Marshall (d)
New York, poss. February 26, 1945

#2: FREDDIE GREEN AND HIS KANSAS CITY SEVEN
Buck Clayton (tp); Dickie Wells (tb); Lucky Thompson (ts); Sammy Benskin (p); Freddie Green (g); Al Hall (b); Shadow Wilson (d). Sylvia Syms (vcl)
New York, May 7, 1945

#3-6: LUCKY THOMPSON ALL STARS
Karl George (tp); J.J. Johnson (tb); Rudy Rutherford (cl); Lucky Thompson (ts); Bill Doggett (p); Freddie Green (g); Rodney Richardson (b); Shadow Wilson (d). Thelma Love (vcl)
Los Angeles, September, 1945

#7-12: LUCKY THOMPSON QUARTET
Lucky Thompson (ts); Dodo Marmarosa (p); Red Callender (b); Jackie Mills (d)
Los Angeles, September 13, 1946

#13-16: LUCKY THOMPSON AND HIS LUCKY SEVEN
Neal Hefti (tp); Benny Carter (as,arr.); Lucky Thompson (ts); Bob Lawson (bs); Dodo Marmarosa (p); Barney Kessel (g on 14 &16); Red Callender (b); Lee Young (d)
Los Angeles, April 22, 1947

#17-18: LUCKY THOMPSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Ray Copeland (tp); Ted Kelly (tb); Lucky Thompson (ts,vcl on 17), Pritchard Chessman (ts); Sahib Shihab (bs); Ed Swanston (p); Peck Morrison (b); Al Walker (d)
New York, c. spring 1950

#19-21: LUCKY THOMPSON AND HIS LUCKY SEVEN
Harold "Money" Johnson (tp); John Saunders (tb); Jimmy Powell (as); Lucky Thompson (ts); Clarence Williams (bs); Earl Knight (p); Beverly Peer (b); Percy Brice (d)
New York, August 14, 1953

#22-25: LUCKY THOMPSON AND HIS LUCKY SEVEN
Gil Askey (tp); George Matthews (tb); Curby Alexander (as); Lucky Thompson (ts); Clarence Williams (bs); Al Williams (p); Beverly Peer (b); Percy Brice (d)
New York, March 2, 1954
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$12.04  (tax incl.)

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