To You, Dear One – Eli "Lucky" Thompson
A dramatic ballad in Lucky's unique style, combining parallel minor and major tonalities. It is one of many of his own songs he recorded in Paris in 1956.
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- Recording: Lucky Thompson - Lucky Strikes!
- Recorded on: April 17, 1956
- Label: Transition (TRLP 21)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Trumpet - Christian Bellest
- Trombone - Charles Verstraete
- Alto Sax - Jo Hrasko
- Tenor Sax - Lucky Thompson
- Bari Sax - Marcel Hrasko
- Piano - Martial Solal
- Bass - Benoit Quersin
- Drums - Gerard "Dave" Pochonet
The melody has a classic contrast of wider upward and narrower downward intervals, leaping up to F in the first measure and to E in the fifth and resolving these phrases by a longer descent.
There is a colorful intro which features some unusual chord qualities: major sevenths with sharp ninths. D♭maj7(♯9) is a chord that can be formed from the F harmonic minor scale. This intro reappears as a coda. This recording is one and a half choruses long; after the head, Lucky solos on the bridge and plays the C section out. The modulation to the bridge from the recording is shown in the lead sheets, as well as an alternate first ending to connect back for soloing on the A section.
To You, Dear One was recorded again in 2000 by Norwegian tenor saxophonist Bodil Niska. Another version comes from "The World Awakes," tenor saxophonist Michael Blake's tribute album to Lucky Thompson, recorded in Denmark in 2006.
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...