I Forgot To Remember – Eli "Lucky" Thompson
A warm, romantic ballad in the signature Lucky Thompson style, this song starts and ends in B♭ and visits a wide variety of key centers in between. We have a Melody Transcription showing how Lucky plays the in and out heads on the recording.
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- Recording: Lucky Thompson - Lucky Strikes
- Recorded on: September 15, 1964
- Label: Prestige (PR 7365)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Tenor Sax - Lucky Thompson
- Piano - Hank Jones
- Bass - Richard Davis
- Drums - Connie Kay
The piano intro CLIP is shown in our lead sheets: a dramatically rising and falling line in mostly ascending triads over a B♭ pedal. The ending has similar triad/pedal figures, slightly different from the end of the head.
Our Melody Transcription, available in B-flat and C, shows how Lucky plays the head on the recording. After the head, he solos for the two A sections; after a piano solo on the bridge, he takes the head out from C. CLIP This last section is in our transcription. We have detailed articulations for an in-depth look at Lucky's melody interpretation. In this song he plays a lot of pickup figures of two 16th note triplets, for a slight implied double-time feel.
I Forgot To Remember was recorded in 1994 by saxophonists Mark Turner and Tad Shull for their album "Two Tenor Ballads." Bonnie Strickman recorded a vocal version in 1996 on her debut album, "Wonders Never Cease," featuring trombonist Robin Eubanks. Yet another version is by tenor saxophonist Sam Rivers, on his 2004 piano-less trio album "Violet Violets."
Eli "Lucky" Thompson
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...