Tom-Kattin' – Eli "Lucky" Thompson
An elegant "rhythm changes" head with a classic bebop intro and interlude. A transcription of Lucky's solo is available.
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- Recording: Lucky Thompson - Featuring Oscar Pettiford, Vol. 1
- Recorded on: January 30, 1956
- Label: ABC-Paramount (ABC 111)
- Concert Key: F, No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trombone - Jimmy Cleveland
- Tenor Sax - Lucky Thompson
- Piano - Hank Jones
- Bass - Oscar Pettiford
- Drums - Osie Johnson
There is an eight-measure intro whose melody begins by arpeggiating the upper extensions of F13(♯11) and G13(♯11)—a common bebop tonality. There is also an interlude that occurs before and between solos: four measures of circle-of-fourths changes, and a two-measure break. On this recording, this interlude is used to launch the first soloist (Hank Jones) and again between Jimmy Cleveland's and Lucky's solos. A transcription of the latter is available; click on the Solos tab for more details.
Check out titles from both Thompson/Pettiford collaborations: "Vol. 1" and "Vol. 2."
Historian Noal Cohen has researched Lucky's life and recordings. Visit his website for more information.
A few years before the end of Lucky's life, jazzleadsheets.com's Don Sickler found him in a Seattle forest where they had an intense spiritual meeting. Don passed on Nellie Monk's (wife of Thelonious Monk) heartfelt greetings. In following years, Don visited Lucky in Seattle, often bringing visiting musicians, like drummer T.S. Monk and pianist Ronnie Mathews.
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...