Saturday, March 30, 2013

Lucky Thompson & Dave Pochonet '56

While visiting France in 1956, tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson recorded over a dozen sessions within a span of just four months, with various groups put together by drummer Gerard "Dave" Pochonet. This CD reissue in Verve's Jazz in Paris series combines two different studio dates. Four tracks feature a septet with an unusual lineup that includes bass trombonist Charles Verstraete and baritone saxophonist Michel de Villers and a rhythm section anchored by pianist Martial Solal. The full group blends very well, with excellent solos by each member of the front line, though Thompson's quartet feature, "Lullaby of the Leaves," is marred somewhat by his squeaking reed. The remaining five selections are by a tentet that includes the entire septet, except Henri Renaud takes over on piano. Thompson's lush quartet treatment of "I Should Care" is the highlight of the latter date. The French musicians prove up to the task of working with the visiting American star on both dates, while Thompson is in top form throughout most of the two sessions.
Ken Dryden

Source :

Lucky Thompson
With Dave Pochonet All Stars
Jazz in Paris


1 Fascinating Blues (Sasson) 4:03
2 I Should Care (Cahn, Stordahl, Weston) 4:17
3 One for the Boys and Us (Pochonet, Thompson) 7:09
4 Home Free (Thompson) 5:07
5 Bluebird Blues (Hefti) 3:57
6 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Young) 4:00
7 Easy Going (Thompson) 4:08
8 Let's Try Again (DeVillers) 6:30
9 Stewin' Up a Wig (Pochonet) 3:54

[# 1, 6, 8 & 9]
Charles Verstraete - tb
Lucky Thompson - ts
Michel de Villers - bs
Martial Solal - p
Jean-Pierre Sasson - g
Benoît Quersin - b
Dave Pochonet - dr
Recorded in Paris ; April 16, 1956
[# 2-5 & 7]
Fernand Verstraete - tp
Charles Verstraete - tb
Jo Hrasko - as
Michel de Villers - as & bs
Marcel Hrasko - bs
Henri Renaud - p
Jean-Pierre Sasson - g
Benoît Quersin - b
Dave Pochonet - dr
Recorded in Paris ; May 11, 1956


L.O.L. said...

No comments yet???? How strange. :)))))

Melanchthon said...

Terry said...

Thanks a lot for this rare Lucky.

estravagario said...


greenishthing said...

quelle moisson de merveilles! merci encore à toi, Mel!

CrunchyFrog said...

Lucky Thompson was a great and underrated player. excellent choice!