To A Mornin' Sunrise – Eli "Lucky" Thompson
A beautiful, little-known ballad that is classic Lucky Thompson. In addition to the lead sheet, a transcription is available of his interpretation of the melody in Lucky's B♭ tenor sax key, and also a C concert edition.
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- Recording: Lucky Thompson - Lucky Thompson And His Orchestra
- Recorded on: April 5, 1956
- Label: French Columbia (FP 1083)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Tenor Sax - Lucky Thompson
- Piano - Martial Solal
- Bass - Benoit Quersin
- Drums - Roger Paraboschi
Tenor Sax Melody Transcription: The Melody Transcription details everything Lucky played on the in head, with all embellishments and fills. After soloing on the A and B sections of the next chorus, he returns to the melody at C and concludes with a cadenza; these sections are also in the transcription. Articulations are clearly marked in so you can really see what makes his style unique. Take a listen to Lucky at the bridge clip.
Learn more about Lucky at Noal Cohen's Lucky Thompson Discography.
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...