Lucky Thompson: Deep Passion


Deep Passion


Lucky Thompson (tenor sax)


Tricotism (GRP GRD-135)

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Lucky Thompson (tenor sax), Hank Jones (piano), Oscar Pettiford (bass).

Composed by Lucky Thompson


Recorded: New York, January 30, 1956


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

This magnificent ballad performance could be considered Thompson's "Body and Soul." Hank Jones's rhapsodic piano intro precedes Thompson's compelling recital of the yearning melody, played with great feeling and a lovely tone possessing a soft vibrato similar to Ben Webster's. Thompson's solo is a lesson in articulate craftsmanship, building slowly as he increases the intensity of his fluid, swift runs and the bite of his tone. Jones and Pettiford wisely keep low profiles, letting the impact of Thompson's full expression rightfully take center stage. After Jones's reprise of his intro, a swooping coda by Thompson ends with a climactic low note held by tenor and bass. Influenced by Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas and the beboppers, Lucky Thompson's individuality, intelligence and harmonically sophisticated approach placed him way above the pack. If not for his complete retreat from playing and teaching in 1974 until his death in 2005, his abilities as a performer and composer would be better remembered today.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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