Translation – Eli "Lucky" Thompson
This laid-back swinger is based on the changes of the standard What's New. First and second parts are available as well as a Concert Condensed Score.
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- Recording: Lucky Thompson - Featuring Oscar Pettiford, Vol. 1
- Recorded on: January 30, 1956
- Label: ABC-Paramount (ABC 111)
- Concert Key: C
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Tenor Sax - Lucky Thompson
- Trombone - Jimmy Cleveland
- Piano - Hank Jones
- Bass - Oscar Pettiford
- Drums - Osie Johnson
The lead sheet editions feature a single instrument playing the melody. You can play Lucky's original two-horn arrangement using the Tenor Sax 1st part and Trombone 2nd part editions.
About the arrangement: The horns play the melody mostly in unison or octaves, going into harmony at the end of each eight-measure phrase as well as at the third measure of the A and C sections. The Concert Condensed Score shows the horn parts in treble clef, an octave higher than they sound.
For the lead sheet, most of the melody is written in the register that Lucky plays on the recording; the exception is the first two measures, where because of the lower unison horns it is written an octave higher. In this range, it makes sense to include the lower notes of the third measure's two-part harmony as the melody.
The out head on the recording is taken from the bridge; on the lead sheet we have made the bridge the D.S., but show the option of returning to the beginning (D.C.) for the whole head out.
In between the recording of these two albums, Lucky went to Paris and recorded To A Mornin' Sunrise, among many other original compositions.
Interested in learning more about Lucky Thompson? Check out historian Noal Cohen's site.
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...