Easy Going – Eli "Lucky" Thompson
A medium-up rhythm changes variant with Lucky's unmistakable phrasing. It's a classic example of Lucky's little-known large ensemble arrangements from his trip to Paris in 1956.
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- Recording: Eli "Lucky" Thompson - Lucky Thompson & Dave Pochonet's All Stars
- Recorded on: May 11, 1956
- Label: Club Francais du Disque (LP 84)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Fernand Verstraete
- Trombone - Charles Verstraete
- Alto Sax - Jo Hrasko
- Tenor Sax - Lucky Thompson
- Bari Sax - Michel de Villers, Marcel Hrasko
- Guitar - Jean Pierre Sasson
- Piano - Henri Renaud
- Bass - Benoit Quersin
- Drums - Gerard "Dave" Pochonet
An interlude sets up the first soloist, starting after seven measures of the C section and holding out some unexpected minor 11th chords while the soloist begins. The solo changes are standard rhythm changes.
In this arrangement the saxes play the A section melody; brass figures that interject at the ends of the A sections are also notated. On the recording the head out is played from the bridge, but the A section could also be used to begin the out head.
As mentioned in Noal Cohen's discography of Lucky Thompson, the instrumentation of this session is slightly confused. Michel de Villers is credited as playing alto and baritone sax, but it is not certain which instrument he plays on which song. It is possible that not all songs from this session have four saxophones; the other two of Lucky Thompson's Paris large ensemble sessions have only three. Aural evidence suggests that if there is a fourth saxophone on Easy Going, it is a second baritone and not a second alto.
June 16, 1923 – 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...