Caressable – Eli "Lucky" Thompson
A warm, elegant bossa—classic later Lucky Thompson. The 36-measure form visits many key centers between the B♭ major beginning and ending.
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- Recording: Lucky Thompson - Lucky Is Back!
- Recorded on: January, 1965
- Label: Rivoli (LPR 40)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Bossa)
- Tenor Sax - Lucky Thompson
- Piano - Tommy Flanagan
- Bass - Willie Ruff
- Drums - Walter Perkins
The A and C sections of this 36-measure form are identical; the B and D sections have the same first two measures but then go in different directions. Starting in B♭ major, the fourth measure modulates up to B major—and the eighth to C major. F major and A major also appear in the B section, which is extended to 12 measures. The last 6 measures of this section have a slower melodic rhythm with a longer modulation back to the tonic. The F major chord on the third measure of the B section reappears in the D section, but followed by chords that suggest an extension of the preceding C tonality—and then an unexpected D♭ major chord as part of a subtle resolution to B♭. Throughout all this, the melody is sensibly constructed and eminently singable.
There is a coda that vamps a piano and bass figure, as the melody (which in the head ends on the fifth) eventually descends in two-measure phrases to the fifth an octave lower.
June 16, 1924 – July 30, 2005
Saxophonist Lucky Thompson is one of the great treasures of jazz. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, but was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He played in local groups with Hank Jones, Sonny Stitt and others. In August, 1943, when he was 19, he left Detroit with Lionel Hampton's Orchestra, eventually arriving in New York City. Still a teenager, his first recording date was with Hot Lips Page on March 18, 1944. Later in 1944 he started recording with both Lucky Millinder and Count Basie. Read more...