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Jazz In Paris, Vol. 28: Modern Jazz Group (The Tenteth and Quartet Sessions of March 1956)

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Lucky Thompson was very active in the recording studios during his 1956 visit to France; this CD in Verve's attractive Jazz in Paris reissue series features the big toned tenor saxophonist with both a quartet and a tentet. Thompson's lush sound in sensitive interpretations of "The Man I Love" and the less familiar ballad "There's No You" brings Ben Webster to mind. Thompson's original "Tight Squeeze" is an up-tempo jump blues which showcases his harder blowing, more boppish side; while the venerable standard "Gone With the Wind" is a brisk swinger. Pianist Henri Renaud leads the potent rhythm section. The tentet session is less memorable. All of the songs were written by Renaud, and while they are comparable to much of the output of so-called "cool school" of the period, they tend to be a little too conservative. Still, Thompson's playing is at a high label throughout both dates, so bop fans should invest in this enjoyable CD.

Biography

Born: June 16, 1924 in Columbia, SC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Born in Columbia, SC, on June 16, 1924, tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson bridged the gap between the physical dynamism of swing and the cerebral intricacies of bebop, emerging as one of his instrument's foremost practitioners and a stylist par excellence. Eli Thompson's lifelong nickname — the byproduct of a jersey, given him by his father, with the word "lucky" stitched across the chest — would prove bitterly inappropriate: when he was five, his mother died, and the remainder of his...
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Jazz In Paris, Vol. 28: Modern Jazz Group (The Tenteth and Quartet Sessions of March 1956), Lucky Thompson
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: Jun 05, 2001

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