Open Haus – Eli "Lucky" Thompson
A medium up Latin song with that light touch characteristic of Lucky's later works. On the recording, the solos switch to swing with a blues form; the changes of the head could also be used for soloing.
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- Recording: Lucky Thompson - Kinfolks Corner
- Recorded on: 1965
- Label: Rivoli (LPR 44)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (medium up)
- Soprano Sax - Lucky Thompson
- Piano - Tommy Flanagan
- Bass - Willie Ruff
- Drums - Oliver Jackson
The melody is very rhythmic; that of the A section uses the F minor pentatonic scale. In both A sections the melody ends on F, but the similar C section ends with a B♭. Both the A and B sections are repeated twice, resulting in a 40-measure AABBC form. The B section switches to a B♭m7-E♭7 vamp with a few chromatic passing chords; the melody suggests both B♭ and E♭ tonalities as it does F and B♭ in the A section.
On this recording, the solos switch to a swing 4-feel and a standard 12-measure blues form. Lucky solos over blues in E♭ (making the last Fm7-B♭7 of the head a functional II-V7), and then Tommy Flanagan plays a solo on blues changes in A♭. After a four-measure drum break, the head is taken out from the bridge. Anyone playing this song has the option of soloing on the head form, and of taking the melody out from A. This recording has a drum intro (not shown in our lead sheets), and an ending that vamps on B♭7 and B7, fading out.
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...