Mumba Neua – Eli "Lucky" Thompson

This rhythmic Latin song has several different bass figures, which are shown in our lead sheets. Like many later Lucky Thompson songs, the solos on the recording are over a blues-based form—this time with a bridge.

Eli "Lucky" Thompson

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...

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