Newly discovered sessions released here for the first time: Ten recordings by one of the greatest saxophonists of his generation, American jazz master Lucky “Eli” Thompson with the Michael Naura Trio, Quintet and guests in Hamburg 1959 and 1960. Small and larger group improvisations with the melodic sound of Lucky on tenor and soprano sax, featuring Heinz von Moisy, Hajo Lange, Jimmy Gourley, Wolfgang Schlüter and Hans Koller. Hard bop with a nod to Lester Young (“Cherokee”, “Thin Ice”) and soft ballads (“Summertime”, “Deep Passion”), all light, fluffy, intimately personal and with a lyrical bebop approach. “Lucky was a hell of a saxophone player” (Miles Davis).
“The music, all written and arranged by Lucky, is melodic and intimately personal. He is a melodic improviser; and jazz is rooted in song: its vox humana aspect (…) is the magical ability of an instrumentalist to bend his horn to shape the artist’s needs, to make it an extension of his own, personal voice. It is a magic at which Lucky is a Merlin.” (David A. Himmelstein, sleeve notes for “Lucky Strikes”, Prestige Records 1964)
02. Thin Ice
03. Lover Man
05. Deep Passion
06. Brother Bob
09. The World Awakes
10. Star Eyes
The album Lucky Thompson “Bop & Ballads” (Sonorama) is going to be released June 10, 2016.