Old Reliable – Eli "Lucky" Thompson
Another classic blues variant from the Lucky Thompson/Oscar Pettiford sessions, this one is a bit simpler than some of the others but just as harmonically elegant. The stop-time intro has a two-measure bass break.
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...