Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lucky Thompson in Paris

Saxophonist Lucky Thompson deserves more credit for not only being an original jazz stylist, but one who also played with soul, passion, and verve. This recording is as finely crafted as anything Thompson recorded, and maybe more so because the empathy and interaction between him and his bandmates, especially the brilliant Algerian pianist Martial Solal, comes through on this date with alarming consistency. Though mostly known as a tenor man, Thompson's soprano playing is quite arresting. His primarily eighth-note phrasings have a distinct Parisian quality, more reminiscent of a harmonica or clarinet. The first two cuts, "How About You" and "Midnight Sun," display this attitude, and make you wonder if maybe John Coltrane or Steve Lacy were listening and absorbing in the wings. It's quite different than any other approach to soprano heard thereafter. Of course, Thompson's throaty, lugubrious, soulful sound on tenor is irresistible, especially on a ballad like "Solitude." It's a treat to hear Thompson not only in such a sympathetic and well-recorded setting, but as relaxed yet freewheeling as you want with respect to the tricky science of improvising. There are two cuts with just Lucky and percussionist Gana M'bow, and they hint at a pre-eminent world music aesthetic, but most are swingers, featuring the underrated French drummer Dave Pochonet, who shines as brightly as Solal. Vibist Michel Hausser gets little solo space, but there's some nice unison dealings on Dizzy Gillespie's "Ow." Overall, this is an extraordinary session, with ten cuts clocking in just shy of 44 minutes of sheer jazz delight. Lucky Thompson is as precious as gold, and any fortunate opportunity to hear him in such a positive setting has to be worth the price. This might very well be his best recording. Highly recommended.
Michael G. Nastos

Souce :

Lucky Thompson
Lucky in Paris


1 How About You ? (Freed, Lane) 5:41
2 Midnight Sun (Burke, Hampton, Mercer) 3:28
3 Pennies from Heaven (Burke, Johnston) 4:01
4 Solitude (DeLange, Ellington, Mills) 3:27
5 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Hart, Rodgers) 3:35
6 We'll Be Together Again (Fischer, Laine) 4:43
7 Soul Food (Thompson) 3:17
8 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans) 3:38
9 Ow (Gillespie) 5:04
10 Brother Bob (Thompson) 5:13

Lucky Thompson - ts
Martial Solal - p
Michel Hausser - vb
Gilbert Gassin - b
Gérard Pochonet - dr
Gana M'Bow - perc

Recorded in Paris ; January 14 & 15, 1959


infimum said...

Thanks for the Lucky.

Orbyt said...

Lucky for me! Thank you Mel.

Terry said...

I love Lucky & love this record. Thanks.

2bad said...

Thanks Mel, I can always use another good Lucky Thompson. Interesting that it seems they did not try to fix anything at all in the master. Surprising amount of hiss. I can fix that but the kick drum sounds like it would knock all the drinks off the table. It looses a little too much when I try to fix that with a graphic. So, heavy pointers it shall be on this one. Not unusual that Lucky mixes it up here and proves himself adept over a range of stylistic territory.

rog said...

Mel, Lucky album is WONDERFUL !

jazzlover said...

I'm luck to find Lucky here,great.Thank you for your effort.

jose juan said...

Muchísimas gracias por el aporte, era uno de los que estaba esperando conseguir.

Melanchthon said...

estravagario said...

Thank you !!!

deGallo said...

Muchos gracias!!

Vancouver said...

A tragically under appreciated master. Merci beaucoup Mel.

Blue Eyes said...

Many thanks, super post Melanchthon!

Chris said...

Another gem I missed before thanks Mel

xxx said...

Thank You! Melanchthon.
More Lucky Thompson at your leisur please.

oscarjaffe said...

Can you reupload? Thank you.