Lady's Vanity – Eli "Lucky" Thompson
This ballad has no written melody but is rather Lucky's improvisation over the standard Body And Soul. Due to a title mix-up, it has long been confused with Deep Passion, an entirely different original composition of Lucky's. With both songs now available on jazzleadsheets.com, we hope to clear up this confusion.
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- Recording: Lucky Thompson - Featuring Oscar Pettiford, Vol. 1
- Recorded on: January 24, 1956
- Label: ABC-Paramount (ABC 111)
- Concert Key: D-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Tenor Sax - Lucky Thompson
- Guitar - Skeeter Best
- Bass - Oscar Pettiford
Click on Historical Notes for an explanation of the confusion surrounding the title.
Check out other titles from the same album, and see what's on their Volume 2 collaboration.
Don Sickler: "It is extremely gratifying to be able to straighten out something in jazz history that has been misconstrued or, in this case, mislabeled, for years. Here, the wrong title was put on a recorded track. I've run into some situations in my career in jazz where wrongly-assigned titles have been impossible to correct; I've found the true facts, but haven't been able to make sure the correct name was put on the correct composition. In this case, however, the two titles can be officially restored to the songs they were intended for."
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...