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The Lucky Thompson Discography, Part 3: 1957-1974
by Noal Cohen

Generated on Oct 21, 2014


Note: For conventions and abbreviations used in this discography, please see: Discography Key.


Date: January 5, 1957
Location: Atlantic Recording Studio, New York City
Label: Atlantic
Milt Jackson Sextet: Plenty, Plenty Soul

Milt Jackson (ldr), Joe Newman (t), Lucky Thompson (ts), Milt Jackson (vib), Horace Silver (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Connie Kay (d)

a. 2435    Ignunt Oil - 5:35  (Milt Jackson) / arr: Quincy Jones
     Metronome (Swd.) EP: MEP 366 — Plenty, Plenty Soul, Vol. 3   (1958)
     Reloaded Music Digital Download: — Milt Jackson: Jazz Infusion   (2013)
b. 2436    Blues at Twilight - 6:46  (Quincy Jones) / arr: Quincy Jones
     Metronome (Swd.) EP: MEP 366 — Plenty, Plenty Soul, Vol. 3   (1958)
     Atlantic LP 12": 1337 — The Blues In Modern Jazz   (1961)
     Atlantic (Aus.) LP 12": AL 31375 — The Blues In Modern Jazz   
     Reloaded Music Digital Download: — Milt Jackson: Jazz Infusion   (2013)
c. 2437    Sermonette - 5:23  (Nat Adderley, Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley) / arr: Quincy Jones
     Metronome (Swd.) EP: MEP 365 — Plenty, Plenty Soul, Vol. 2   (1958)
d. 2438    The Spirit-Feel - 4:22  (Milt Jackson) / arr: Quincy Jones
     Metronome (Swd.) EP: MEP 365 — Plenty, Plenty Soul, Vol. 2   (1958)
     Atlantic LP 12": SD 2-316 — Jazz Years - 25th Anniversary   (1973)
     Atlantic (Eng.) LP 12": K 781 907-1 — Great Moments In Jazz   
     Atlantic (Eng.) CD: K 781 907-2 — Great Moments In Jazz   (1992)
     Rhino CD: RHM2 7760 — Hommage à Nesuhi   (2008)
     Le Chant du Monde (Fr.) CD: 5741631/40 — Les Trésors du Jazz 1957   (2008)
     Rhino Digital Download: — Atlantic Top 60: Jazz, Jive and Strut   (2007)
     WNTS Digital Download: — Jazz & Conversation Suite, Vol. 1   (2011)
     AJB Music Digital Download: — Jazz Story 6   (2012)
     Reloaded Music Digital Download: — Milt Jackson: Jazz Infusion   (2013)
 
All titles on:      Atlantic LP 12": 1269/SD 1269 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   (1957)
     Atlantic LP 12": SD 8811 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   (1981)
     Atlantic (Ger.) LP 12": ATL 50299 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   
     Atlantic (Jpn.) LP 12": P 6085 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   
     Atlantic (Jpn.) LP 12": P 4550 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   
     Atlantic (Jpn.) LP 12": P 7548A — Plenty, Plenty Soul   
     52nd Street LP 12": LPFSST 105 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   
     London (Eng.) LP 12": LTZ K15141 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   
     Music (It.) LP 12": LPM 2041 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   
     Versailles (Fr.) LP 12": STDX 8009 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   
     Victor (Jpn.) LP 12": SMJ 7324 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   
     Atlantic (Jpn.) CD: 30XD 1029 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   (1988)
     Atlantic CD: 1269-2 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   (1989)
     Atlantic (Jpn.) CD: AMCY 1033 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   (1991)
     Atlantic (Jpn.) CD: WPCR 25135 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   (2006)
     Essential Jazz Classics (Sp.) CD: EJC 55413 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   (2008)
     Avid (Eng.) CD: AMSC 979 — Milt Jackson: Four Classic Albums Plus   (2009)
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) CD: FSR-CD 730_2 — Milt Jackson: Quintet and Sextet with Lucky Thompson   (2012)
     Poll Winners (Sp.) CD: PWR 27301 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   (2012)
     Atlantic (Ger.) CD: 81269-2 — Plenty, Plenty Soul   
     Hallmark (Eng.) Digital Download: — Plenty, Plenty Soul   (2008)
     Roslin Records Digital Download: — Milt Jackson: Greatest Vibes   (2011)
     Vintage Masters, Inc. Digital Download: — Essential Jazz Masters: Milt Jackson with Lucky Thompson   (2012)

The 1989 CD reissue, Atlantic 1269-2 omits Horace Silver from the personnel listed in the liner notes and jewel box back cover.

Soloists:
Track a - Jackson, Thompson, Newman, Silver
Track b - Silver, Jackson, Newman, Pettiford, Thompson, Silver, Jackson
Track c - Jackson, Thompson, Newman, Silver
Track d - Newman, Silver, Thompson, Jackson


Date: January 9-11, 1957 and February 5 and 7, 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Rama
Ralph Sharon Sextet: Around the World In Jazz

Ralph Sharon (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Eddie Costa (vib), Joe Puma (g), Ralph Sharon (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Osie Johnson (d)

a.     Tipperary Fairy - 3:02  (Ralph Sharon)
b.     Strictly Occidental - 3:38  (Ralph Sharon)
     Stardust/Cleopatra Digital Download: — 101 Vintage Jazz Hits   (2013)
c.     Ask an Alaskan - 3:14  (Ralph Sharon)
d.     Blue in Peru - 2:57  (Ralph Sharon)
e.     Prettily Italy - 3:08  (Ralph Sharon)
     Soundtrack Classics Digital Download: — Spy Movie Music   (2012)
f.     Piccadilly Panic - 3:02  (Ralph Sharon)
g.     Sorta Spanish - 2:55  (Ralph Sharon)
     Master Classics Digital Download: — 101 Vintage Latin Hits   (2013)
h.     Parisienne Eyeful - 2:50  (Ralph Sharon)
i.     Stateside Static - 2:53  (Ralph Sharon)
j.     Hassle in Havana - 2:33  (Ralph Sharon)
k.     Gibraltar Rock - 3:11  (Ralph Sharon)
l.     Just a Japanese Sideman - 2:08  (Ralph Sharon)
 
All titles on:      Rama LP 12": 1001 — Around the World In Jazz   (1957)
     Columbia (Eng.) LP 12": 33CX 1090 — Around the World In Jazz   
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) LP 12": FSR 722 — Around the World In Jazz   
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) CD: FSR-CD 114 — Around the World In Jazz   (1989)
     Vintage Masters, Inc. Digital Download: — Around the World In Jazz   (2012)

Some issues and discographies list track f as "Piccadilly Static" and track i as "Stateside Panic" but the correct titles (confirmed by the BMI website) are as above.

Soloists:
Track a - Thompson, Costa, Puma, Sharon
Track b - Puma, Thompson, Sharon
Track c - Johnson (intro), Costa, Thompson, Sharon, Pettiford
Track d - Costa, Puma, Thompson, Sharon, Pettiford
Track e - Thompson, Sharon
Track f - Costa, Thompson, Sharon, Puma
Track g - Thompson, Sharon
Track h - Costa, Thompson, Puma, Sharon, Pettiford
Track i - Sharon, Costa, Puma, Thompson, Pettiford
Track j - Puma, Costa, Thompson, Sharon
Track k - Costa, Thompson, Puma, Sharon
Track l - Thompson, Puma, Sharon


Date: January 29, 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Decca
Louis Armstrong with orchestra conducted by Sy Oliver: Louis and the Angels

Louis Armstrong (ldr), Louis Armstrong (t, v), George Dorsey (as), Phil Urso (as, f), Lucky Thompson (ts), Dave McRae (bar), unknown (str, hrp, bkv), Everett Barksdale (g), Billy Kyle (p), Joe Benjamin (b), Rudy Traylor (d), Sy Oliver (con)

a. 101499    When Did You Leave Heaven? - 3:42  (Richard Whiting, Walter Bullock) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca EP: ED 2496 — Louis and the Angels   
     Brunswick (Eng.) EP: OE 9348 — Louis and the Angels   
     Decca (Dan.) EP: BME 9348 — Louis and the Angels   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Louis Armstrong: Classic Song Book, Vol. 4   (2008)
b. 101500    Fools Rush In - 3:32  (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca EP: ED 2497 — Louis and the Angels   
     Decca (Jpn.) LP 12": DL 13 — Satchmo Sings - Best Collections   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Chinatown   (2008)
c. 101501    A Sinner Kissed an Angel - 2:42  (Mack David, Larry Shayne) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca EP: ED 2496 — Louis and the Angels   
     Brunswick (Eng.) EP: OE 9348 — Louis and the Angels   
     Decca (Dan.) EP: BME 9348 — Louis and the Angels   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Louis Armstrong: Classic Song Book, Vol. 4   (2008)
d. 101502    I Married an Angel - 3:40  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca EP: ED 2496 — Louis and the Angels   
     Brunswick (Eng.) EP: OE 9348 — Louis and the Angels   
     Decca (Dan.) EP: BME 9348 — Louis and the Angels   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Louis Armstrong: Classic Song Book, Vol. 4   (2008)
e. 101503    You're a Heavenly Thing - 3:17  (Joe Young, Little Jack Little) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca 78: 30309   (1957)
     Rhythm (Fi.) 78: BM 30309   
     Decca 45: 9-30309   (1957)
     Festival (Aus.) 45: SP45-1519   
     Decca EP: ED 2496 — Louis and the Angels   
     Brunswick (Eng.) EP: OE 9348 — Louis and the Angels   
     Decca (Dan.) EP: BME 9348 — Louis and the Angels   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Chasing Mr. Armstrong   (2008)
f. 101504    Angel Child - 3:23  (Abner Silver, Benny Davis, George Price) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca EP: ED 2497 — Louis and the Angels   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — A Kiss To Build a Dream On   (2008)
 
All titles on:      Decca LP 12": DL 8488 — Louis and the Angels   (1960)
     Brunswick (Eng.) LP 12": LAT 8210 — Louis and the Angels   
     Brunswick (Eu.) LP 12": 87511LPBM — Louis and the Angels   
     Decca LP 12": ME 55015 — Louis and the Angels   
     MCA (Jpn.) LP 12": JDL 10256 — Louis and the Angels   
     Festival (Aus.) LP 12": 12-1476 — Louis and the Angels   
     MCA (Jpn.) LP 12": MCL 3010 — Louis and the Angels   
     Ambassador (Swd.) CD: CLA 1920-3 (Box) — Louis Armstrong: The Happy Fifties   (1997)
     MCA (Eng.) CD: MCLD 19379 — Louis Armstrong and the Angels/The Good Book   (1999)
     Verve CD: 314 549 592-2 — Louis and the Angels   (2001)
     Universal (Jpn.) CD: UCCC 3006 — Louis and the Angels   (2001)
     Essential Jazz Albums (Sp.) CD: EJA 042 — Louis Armstrong and the Good Book   (2009)
     Ambassador (Swd.) CD: CLA 1916 — Louis Armstrong: Heavenly Music, 1949-1957   
     Track By Track Digital Download: — Louis Armstrong Loves the Angels   (2011)

An unidentified choir (3 male, 4 female), string section (6 violins) and harpist are present on this session. Lucky Thompson does not solo on any of these tracks.


Date: January 30, 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Decca
Louis Armstrong with orchestra conducted by Sy Oliver: Louis and the Angels

Louis Armstrong (ldr), Louis Armstrong (t, v), George Dorsey (as), Phil Urso (as, f), Lucky Thompson (ts), Dave McRae (bar), unknown (str, hrp, bkv), George Barnes (g), Billy Kyle (p), Sandy 'Sid' Block (b), Rudy Traylor (d), Sy Oliver (con)

a. 101505    Angel - 3:40  (Peter De Rose, Mitchell Parish) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca EP: ED 2498 — Louis and the Angels   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Louis Armstrong: Classic Song Book, Vol. 3   (2008)
b. 101506    Angela Mia - 3:22  (Lew Pollack, Erno Rapee) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca EP: ED 2497 — Louis and the Angels   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Louis Armstrong: A Life In Music, Vol. 4   (2008)
c. 101507    The Prisoner's Song - 3:12  (Guy Massey) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca 78: 30309   (1957)
     Rhythm (Fi.) 78: BM 30309   
     Decca 45: 9-30309   (1957)
     Decca 45: 25646   (1957)
     Festival (Aus.) 45: SP45-1519   
     Decca EP: ED 2498 — Louis and the Angels   
     Decca (Dan.) EP: BME 9377 — Louis and the Angels   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Louis Armstrong: A Life In Music, Vol. 5   (2008)
d. 101508    Goodnight, Angel - 2:52  (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca EP: ED 2498 — Louis and the Angels   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Knowing Louis   (2008)
     Vintage Music Productions Digital Download: — Vintage Vocal Groups   (2010)
e. 101509    I'll String Along with You - 3:05  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca 78: 30860   (1957)
     Decca 45: 25646   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30860   (1957)
     Decca EP: ED 2498 — Louis and the Angels   
     MCA (Eng.) LP 12": MCL 1822 — Louis' Love Songs   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Louis Armstrong: A Life In Music, Vol. 6   (2008)
f. 101510    And the Angels Sing - 2:55  (Ziggy Elman, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Sy Oliver
     Decca EP: ED 2497 — Louis and the Angels   
     Future Noise Music Ltd. (Eng.) Digital Download: — Louis Armstrong: Classic Song Book, Vol. 9   (2008)
 
All titles on:      Decca LP 12": DL 8488 — Louis and the Angels   (1960)
     Brunswick (Eng.) LP 12": LAT 8210 — Louis and the Angels   
     Brunswick (Eu.) LP 12": 87511LPBM — Louis and the Angels   
     Decca LP 12": ME 55015 — Louis and the Angels   
     MCA (Jpn.) LP 12": JDL 10256 — Louis and the Angels   
     Festival (Aus.) LP 12": 12-1476 — Louis and the Angels   
     MCA (Jpn.) LP 12": MCL 3010 — Louis and the Angels   
     Ambassador (Swd.) CD: CLA 1920-3 (Box) — Louis Armstrong: The Happy Fifties   (1997)
     MCA (Eng.) CD: MCLD 19379 — Louis Armstrong and the Angels/The Good Book   (1999)
     Verve CD: 314 549 592-2 — Louis and the Angels   (2001)
     Universal (Jpn.) CD: UCCC 3006 — Louis and the Angels   (2001)
     Essential Jazz Albums (Sp.) CD: EJA 042 — Louis Armstrong and the Good Book   (2009)
     Ambassador (Swd.) CD: CLA 1916 — Louis Armstrong: Heavenly Music, 1949-1957   
     Track By Track Digital Download: — Louis Armstrong Loves the Angels   (2011)

Louis Armstrong (t) on a-d, f; (v) on a, c-e.

An unidentified choir (3 male, 4 female), string section (6 violins) and harpist are present on this session. Lucky Thompson does not solo on any of these tracks.


Date: May 18, 1957
Location: ArtOne Gramophone Concert, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Label: [private recording]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live In Amsterdam

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Pim Jacobs (p), Ruud Jacobs (b), Cees See (d)

a.     Takin' Care 'o Business (Takin' Care 'n Business)  (Lucky Thompson, Emmett Berry)
b.     Sophisticated Lady  (Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills)
c.     Sometimes I'm Happy  (Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar)
d.     You Go to My Head  (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
e.     Thin Ice  (Lucky Thompson)
f.     Body and Soul  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
g.     Cherokee  (Ray Noble)
All titles unissued.

The information on this session comes from Bob Weir. This was the first half of a concert in which Gerry Mulligan's quartet performed the second half. These tracks have not been auditioned.


Date: May 23, 1957
Location: Paris, France
Label: Barclay (Fr.)
Eddie Barclay Orchestra: Et Voila!

Eddie Barclay (ldr), Fred Gérard, Roger Guerin, Maurice Thomas, Henri Vanecke (t), Charles Huss, André Paquinet, Benny Vasseur (tb), Gabriel Vilain (btb), Jo Hrasko, René 'Mickey' Nicolas (as), Marcel Hrasko, Lucky Thompson (ts), William Boucaya (bar), Raymond Guiot (f), unknown (str), Michel Hausser (vib), Pierre Cavalli (g), Art Simmons (p), Jean Bouchety (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Quincy Jones (con)

a. 36039    Quand Je Monte Chez Toi - 3:04  (J. Broussele, Henri Salvador) / arr: Quincy Jones
     Barclay (Fr.) EP: 72249   
     United Artists LP 12": UAL 3023/UAS 6023 — Americans In Paris   (1959)
     Barclay (Fr.) LP 12": 82292 — Eddie Barclay et son Orchestre   
     Barclay (Fr.) LP 12": 82138 — Et Voila!   
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) LP 12": FSR 515 — Et Voila!   
     Rym Musique/Polygram (Fr.) CD: 191 761-2 — Dancing Party, Vol. 6: Eddie Barclay - Quincy Jones   (1997)
     Documents (Ger.) CD: 600064 — Quincy Jones: Q-Jazz - More Than 100 Legendary Recordings, 1956-1960   (2013)
     Hallmark (Eng.) Digital Download: — Eddie and Quincy   (2010)

The date of this session and matrix number come from the Bruyninckx discography which also assumes that the personnel probably resemble those of the June 24, 1957 Barclay session. An unidentified string section is present. The liner notes to Barclay 82138 and Fresh Sound 515 indicate that this track was recorded on June 24, 1957 but the matrix number suggests an earlier date. Lucky Thompson does not solo on this track.


Date: May 26, 1957
Location: Birdland, New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]
Oscar Pettiford Orchestra Live

Oscar Pettiford (ldr), Donald Byrd, Ray Copeland (t), Al Grey (tb), David Amram, Ed London (frh), Gigi Gryce (as), Benny Golson, J.R. Monterose (ts), Jerome Richardson (ts, f), Sahib Shihab (bar), Oscar Pettiford (vc, b), Betty Glamann (hrp), Dick Katz (p), Whitey Mitchell (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a.     The Gentle Art of Love - 1:47  (Oscar Pettiford) / arr: Lucky Thompson
     Plenty Jazz Records Digital Download: — The Complete Oscar Pettiford Orchestra in Hi-Fi   (2014)
b.     Nica's Tempo - 3:32  (Gigi Gryce) / arr: Gigi Gryce
c.     Seventh Heaven - 3:00  (composer unknown)
     Proper (Eng.) CD: Box 5002 — Oscar Rides Again   (2008)
     Cleopatra Master Classics Digital Download: — Greatest Jazz Masters: Oscar Pettiford   (2010)
     Goldenlane Records Digital Download: — Heaven   (2010)
d.     Perdido - 2:47  (Juan Tizol, Ervin Drake, Hans Lengsfelder) / arr: Lucky Thompson
e.     Two French Fries - 2:36  (Gigi Gryce) / arr: Gigi Gryce
f.     He's My Guy - 2:33  (Gene DePaul, Don Raye)
     Proper (Eng.) CD: Box 5002 — Oscar Rides Again   (2008)
     Cleopatra Master Classics Digital Download: — Greatest Jazz Masters: Oscar Pettiford   (2010)
g.     Smoke Signal - 3:53  (Gigi Gryce) / arr: Gigi Gryce
h.     The Gentle Art of Love - 0:38  (Oscar Pettiford) / arr: Lucky Thompson
 
All titles on:      Spotlite (Eng.) LP 12": SPJ 153 — Jazz Off the Air, Vol. 6   (1982)

Whitey Mitchell (b) on d; Oscar Pettiford (b) on a-c, e-h.

The saxophone section personnel are unconfirmed as to the presence of Golson or Monterose (but probably not both). The track called "Seventh Heaven" has no relation to "Minor Seventh Heaven" (see session of August 12, 1955 above). Coover Gazdar's Oscar Pettiford discography divides this material between two dates but this is unconfirmed. On "Perdido," the bassist behind Pettiford's cello solo is probably Whitey Mitchell.

Soloists:
Track b - Katz, Byrd, Gryce
Track c - Glamann
Track d - Pettiford (cello)
Track e - Amram, London
Track f - Copeland, Gryce
Track g - Gryce, Wilson, Byrd, Monterose (?), Grey, Wilson


Date: June 24, 1957
Location: Paris, France
Label: Barclay (Fr.)
Eddie Barclay Orchestra: Et Voila!

Eddie Barclay (ldr), Fred Gérard, Roger Guerin, Maurice Thomas, Henri Vanecke (t), Charles Huss, André Paquinet, Benny Vasseur (tb), Gabriel Vilain (btb), Jo Hrasko, René 'Mickey' Nicolas (as), Marcel Hrasko, Lucky Thompson (ts), William Boucaya (bar), Raymond Guiot (f), unknown (str), Stéphane Grappelli (vn), Michel Hausser (vib), Pierre Cavalli (g), Art Simmons (p), Jean Bouchety (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Quincy Jones (con)

a. 36560    Tu Joues Avec Le Feu - 2:56  (Michel LeGrand, Eddie Barclay, Bernard Michel) / arr: Quincy Jones
     Barclay (Fr.) EP: 72180 — Avec ces Yeux-La   
     United Artists LP 12": UAL 3023/UAS 6023 — Americans In Paris   (1959)
     Mainstream LP 12": 56033/S 6033 — The Award Winner   (1965)
     Barclay (Fr.) LP 12": 82292 — Eddie Barclay et son Orchestre   
     Barclay (Fr.) LP 12": 82138 — Et Voila!   
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) LP 12": FSR 515 — Et Voila!   
     Rym Musique/Polygram (Fr.) CD: 191 761-2 — Dancing Party, Vol. 6: Eddie Barclay - Quincy Jones   (1997)
     Documents (Ger.) CD: 600064 — Quincy Jones: Q-Jazz - More Than 100 Legendary Recordings, 1956-1960   (2013)
     Hallmark (Eng.) Digital Download: — Eddie and Quincy   (2010)
b. 36561    Manhattan - 2:21  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Quincy Jones
     Barclay (Fr.) EP: 72133 — Et Voila!   (1958)
     United Artists LP 12": UAL 3023/UAS 6023 — Americans In Paris   (1959)
     Barclay (Fr.) LP 12": 82292 — Eddie Barclay et son Orchestre   
     Barclay (Fr.) LP 12": 82138 — Et Voila!   
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) LP 12": FSR 515 — Et Voila!   
     Rym Musique/Polygram (Fr.) CD: 191 761-2 — Dancing Party, Vol. 6: Eddie Barclay - Quincy Jones   (1997)
     Hallmark (Eng.) Digital Download: — Eddie and Quincy   (2010)
c. 36562    Tout Doucement  (Clausier, J. Mercadier) / arr: Quincy Jones
     unissued

An unidentified string section is present. Lucky Thompson does not solo on either of the issued tracks both of which feature violinist Stephane Grapelli. The liner notes to Barclay 82138 and Fresh Sound 515 indicate that several other titles were recorded at this session: "Et Voila!," "Place Blanche," "Quand Je Monte Chez Toi," "Ne M'Laissez Pas Comme Ca," "Sermonette," "Avec Ces Yeux-La," "Pas Moi" and "Craven," but this is not supported by the Barclay matrix numbers given in the Bruyninckx discography which clearly suggest other dates. Also, it is unlikely (although not impossible) that ten titles would have been recorded at one session. An issued version of track c was recorded on October 18, 1957 but Don Byas rather than Lucky Thompson was present on that session.


Date: July 6, 1957
Location: Theatre Pigalle, Paris, France
Label: Polydor (Fr.)
Sammy Price and Lucky Thompson (quintet)

Sammy Price, Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Jean-Pierre Sasson (g), Sammy Price (p, v), Pierre Michelot (b), Gérard 'Dave' Pochonet (d)

a.     I Want a Little Girl - 3:41  (Murray Mencher, Billy Moll)
b.     Paris Blues - 7:20  (Sammy Price)
c.     Up Above My Head - 2:56  (Traditional)
     Polydor (Fr.) EP: 20.768 — Sammy Price avec Lucky Thompson   
d.     Minor Blues - 4:22  (Lucky Thompson, Sammy Price)
e.     Sweet Georgia Brown - 5:08  (Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey, Maceo Pinkard)
     Polydor (Fr.) EP: 20.768 — Sammy Price avec Lucky Thompson   
f.     How Long Blues - 4:24  (LeRoy Carr)
g.     Lucky T - 4:49  (Lucky Thompson, Sammy Price)
     EmArcy CD: 06024 9812561 — Jazz In Paris: Rive Gauche, Rive Droite   (2005)
     Stardust/Cleopatra Digital Download: — Jazz Masters In Paris   (2008)
h.     Embassy Boogie - 3:13  (Sammy Price)
     Polydor (Fr.) EP: 20.768 — Sammy Price avec Lucky Thompson   
 
All titles on:      Polydor (Fr.) LP 12": 46 103 — Sammy Price and Lucky Thompson   
     Verve Gitanes CD: 013 038-2 — Jazz In Paris No. 37: Paris Blues - Sammy Price and Lucky Thompson   (2001)

Sammy Price (v) on a, c, f, h.

Lucky Thompson solos on all tracks.


Date: July 13, 1957
Location: Paris, France
Label: Swing (Fr.)
Martial Solal Big Band

Martial Solal (ldr), Christian Bellest, Jean Garrec, Fred Gérard, Roger Guerin, Maurice Thomas (t), Billy Byers, Guy Destanque, Nat Peck, Charles Verstraete (tb), Jean Aldegon, Hubert Rostaing (as), Jack Ferrier, Lucky Thompson (ts), Michel Cassez (bar), Pierre Gossez (bar, bsx), Martial Solal (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Kenny Clarke (d)

a.     Blouse Bleue - 2:16  (Martial Solal)
     Le Chant du Monde (Fr.) CD: 5741631/40 — Les Trésors du Jazz 1957   (2008)
     AJB Music Digital Download: — Jazz Story 8   (2012)
b.     Fantasque - 2:20  (Martial Solal)
c.     Alhambra - 2:11  (Martial Solal)
     Le Chant du Monde (Fr.) CD: 5741631/40 — Les Trésors du Jazz 1957   (2008)
     WNTS Digital Download: — Martial Solal: Early Recordings   (2011)
     AJB Music Digital Download: — Jazz Story 8   (2012)
 
All titles on:      Swing (Fr.) LP 12": LDM 30.099 — Martial Solal et Son Grand Orchestre   
     Vogue (Fr.) CD: 74321 13111 2 — Martial Solal: Vogue Recordings, Vol. 3 - The Trio & Big Band   (1993)
     Vogue (Fr.) CD: 74321 81973 2 — Martial Solal: The Complete Vogue Recordings, Vol. 4   (2005)

Lucky Thompson does not solo on any of these tracks. Solal is the main soloist.


Date: July 15, 1957 and September 16, 1957
Location: Studio Hoche (Paris), Paris, France and New York City
Label: Barclay (Fr.)
June Richmond with the Quincy Jones Orchestra

June Richmond (ldr), Roger Guerin (t), Billy Byers (tb), Jo Hrasko (as, cl), Marcel Hrasko, Lucky Thompson (ts), Henri Renaud (p), Guy Pedersen (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Quincy Jones (con), June Richmond (v), Others Unknown (var)

a. 34    I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues - 2:13  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Quincy Jones
b. 35    Sleep - 2:46  (Earl Lebieg) / arr: Quincy Jones
c. 36    Everybody's Doin' It Now - 2:21  (Irving Berlin) / arr: Quincy Jones
d. 37    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - 2:33  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Quincy Jones
     EmArcy CD: 06024 9812561 — Jazz In Paris: Rive Gauche, Rive Droite   (2005)
     Verve Gitanes CD: 984 348-8 — Jazz In Paris: The 100's Most Beautiful Melodies   (2007)
     Stardust/Cleopatra Digital Download: — Jazz Masters In Paris   (2008)
 
All titles on:      Barclay (Fr.) EP: 70105 — June Richmond with Quincy Jones   
     Verve Gitanes CD: 013 036-2 — Jazz In Paris Vol. 20: Harold Nicholas, June Richmond, Andy Bey   (2001)

The personnel are incomplete. From aural evidence, the orchestra is clearly larger than indicated in discographies and in the liner notes to the CD reissue Verve Gitanes 013 036-2. An unidentified 13-piece string section is present.

The Bruyninckx and Lord discographies indicate that the orchestra was recorded in Paris on July 15, 1957 but Richmond's vocals were recorded in New York on September 16, 1957; however, the liner notes to Verve Gitanes CD 013 036-2 state that the entire session was recorded in Paris on September 16, 1957 and say nothing about overdubbing of the vocals. The CD liner notes do not list Lucky Thompson as part of the orchestra personnel but aural evidence suggests he is very probably the tenor saxophonist soloing briefly on tracks b-d.


Date: ca. July 16, 1957
Location: Paris, France
Label: Barclay (Fr.)
Eddie Barclay Orchestra: Et Voila!

Eddie Barclay (ldr), Fred Gérard, Roger Guerin, Maurice Thomas, Henri Vanecke (t), Charles Huss, André Paquinet, Benny Vasseur (tb), Gabriel Vilain (btb), Jo Hrasko, René 'Mickey' Nicolas (as), Marcel Hrasko, Lucky Thompson (ts), William Boucaya (bar), Raymond Guiot (f), unknown (str), Michel Hausser (vib), Pierre Cavalli (g), Art Simmons (p), Jean Bouchety (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Quincy Jones (con)

a. 36685    Ne M'Laissez Pas Comme Ca - 3:01  (Bernard Michel, F. Charpin, C. Kelman) / arr: Quincy Jones
b. 36686    Place Blanche - 2:38  (Henri Salvador, Boris Vian) / arr: Quincy Jones
     Barclay (Fr.) LP 12": 82292 — Eddie Barclay et son Orchestre   
     EmArcy CD: 06024 9812557 — Jazz In Paris: Montmartre   (2005)
     Barclay (Fr.) CD: 511 790-2 — Jazz On Barclay   
 
Both titles on:      Barclay (Fr.) EP: 72133 — Et Voila!   (1958)
     United Artists LP 12": UAL 3023/UAS 6023 — Americans In Paris   (1959)
     Barclay (Fr.) LP 12": 82138 — Et Voila!   
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) LP 12": FSR 515 — Et Voila!   
     Rym Musique/Polygram (Fr.) CD: 191 761-2 — Dancing Party, Vol. 6: Eddie Barclay - Quincy Jones   (1997)
     Documents (Ger.) CD: 600064 — Quincy Jones: Q-Jazz - More Than 100 Legendary Recordings, 1956-1960   (2013)
     Hallmark (Eng.) Digital Download: — Eddie and Quincy   (2010)

An unidentified string section is present. Lucky Thompson solos briefly on both tracks. The liner notes to Barclay 82138 and Fresh Sound 515 indicate that these titles were recorded on June 24, 1957 but this is not supported by the matrix numbers given in the Bruyninckx discography.


There are several additional recording sessions of the Eddie Barclay Orchestra for the Barclay label in 1957 and 1958 and considerable confusion as to the dates and personnel. I have not included these because it is most likely that Don Byas rather than Lucky Thompson is present on them. The Bruyninckx and Raben general jazz discographies as well as the Ruppli Mercury Label Discography indicate that Lucky Thompson was present on Eddie Barclay Paris recording sessions of June 5, 1958, October 8, 1958, October 25, 1958 and November 15, 1958 but Hans Jensen has noted that all of these appearances are highly unlikely because of documentation showing that Thompson was in the USA during this period.


Date: September 5, 1957
Location: RTF Studio, Paris, France
Label: [television broadcast]
Lucky Thompson with the Christian Garros Trio on French TV

Christian Garros, Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Maurice Vander [Vandair] (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Christian Garros (d)

a.     Strike up the Band - 3:29  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b.     Everything Happens to Me - 3:21  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
Both titles unissued.

These studio performances of Lucky Thompson with the Christian Garros Trio were broadcast on French television and are available for download at the INA (National Audiovisual Institute) website. The director is André Leroux. The announcer is Robert Beauvais. The date shown is that of broadcast and may not be the actual recording date although probably very close to it.


Date: September 12, 1957
Location: RTF Studio, Paris, France
Label: [television broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet and Sextet on French TV: Trois Styles Trois Époques

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Bobby Jaspar, Lucky Thompson (ts), Sacha Distel (g), Martial Solal (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Kenny Clarke (d)

a.     I'll Remember April - 4:13  (Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)
b.     Now's the Time - 7:16  (Charlie Parker)
Both titles unissued.

Bobby Jaspar (ts) on b; Sacha Distel (g) on b.

These studio performances were broadcast on French National Television and are available for download at the INA (National Audiovisual Institute) website. The director is Jean-Christophe Averty. The announcer is André Francis. The program was entitled "Trois styles trois époques" and other performers were the bands of Armand Gordon, Maxime Saury and Claude Bolling. The date shown is that of broadcast and may not be the actual recording date although probably very close to it.

Soloists on track b - Solal (intro), Jaspar, Thompson, Distel, Solal, Solal/Clarke (4-bar exchanges)


Date: September 23, 1957
Location: Paris, France
Label: Columbia (Fr.)
Kenny Clarke Band (11-piece): Kenny Clarke Plays Pierre Michelot

Kenny Clarke (ldr), Bernard Hulin, Ack van Rooyen (t), Billy Byers, Nat Peck (tb), Hubert Fol (as), Pierre Gossez, Lucky Thompson (ts), Armand Migiani (bar), Maurice Vander [Vandair] (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Kenny Clarke (d)

a.     Fantasy for Bass - 3:31  (Pierre Michelot) / arr: Pierre Michelot
b.     Love Me or Leave Me - 3:39  (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) / arr: Pierre Michelot
c.     Fun for Four - 2:34  (Pierre Michelot) / arr: Pierre Michelot
d.     Jackie My Little Cat - 3:28  (Pierre Michelot) / arr: Pierre Michelot
 
All titles on:      Columbia (Fr.) EP: ESDF 1176 — Kenny Clarke Plays Pierre Michelot   
     Swing/DRG LP 12": SW 8411 — Kenny Clarke in Paris, Vol. 1   
     EMI (Fr.) CD: 7243 5 39652 2 8 — Kenny Clarke: Americans Swinging In Paris - Klook's Time   (2002)

Lucky Thompson solos on tracks a-c.


Date: September 26, 1957
Location: Paris, France
Label: Columbia (Fr.)
Kenny Clarke Quartet: Relax

Kenny Clarke (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Martial Solal (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Kenny Clarke (d)

a.     Stompin' at the Savoy - 2:35  (Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Chick Webb)
b.     Now's the Time - 2:54  (Charlie Parker)
     Blue Note (Eu.) CD: 7243 8 57742 2 — Blue Bop - Great Goatees and Blazing Berets   (1997)
c.     The Squirrel - 2:19  (Tadd Dameron)
d.     Four - 2:48  (Miles Davis)
 
All titles on:      Columbia (Fr.) EP: ESDF 1167 — Relax   
     Columbia (Eng.) EP: SEG 7830 — Relax   
     Swing/DRG LP 12": SW 8411 — Kenny Clarke in Paris, Vol. 1   
     EMI (Fr.) CD: 7243 5 39652 2 8 — Kenny Clarke: Americans Swinging In Paris - Klook's Time   (2002)

Lucky Thompson solos on all tracks.


Date: October 30, 1957
Location: Sjafartskafeen, Oslo, Norway
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Oslo

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Arvid Amundsen (p), Frank Cook (b), Pete Brown (d)

a.     Now's the Time  (Charlie Parker)
b.     Yesterdays  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
c.     Strike up the Band  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
d.     Unknown Title
e.     A Foggy Day  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
f.     Midnight Sun  (Lionel Hampton, Johnny Burke, Johnny Mercer)
All titles unissued.

The information on this session comes from discographer Bob Weir. The titles have not been auditioned.


Date: December 21, 1958
Location: Paris, France
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson on Flute

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (f), Raymond Fol (p), Dan Jordan (b), Jimmy Pratt (d)

a.     Tin Tin Deo - 7:05  (Walter 'Gil' Fuller, Chano Pozo)
b.     In Walked Bud - 4:30  (Thelonious Monk)
c.     Have You Met Miss Jones? - 4:00  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
d.     Yesterdays - 3:45  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
e.     Unknown Title
All titles unissued.

Information on this session comes from the INA archives. Unfortunately, the tape has been lost and the titles cannot be auditioned. This appears to be the ONLY example of Lucky Thompson performing on flute. A photo exists, taken at Le Chat Qui Pêche club in Paris around this time, of Thompson with flute. It is not known if these titles were recorded in the club or in the RTF studios.


Date: December 27, 1958
Location: RTF Studio, Paris, France
Label: [television broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet on Actualités de Midi (News at Noon)

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Martial Solal (p), Dan Jordan (b), Daniel Humair (d)

a.    inc Stompin' at the Savoy - 1:25  (Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Chick Webb)
unissued

Information comes from the INA archives. This a brief appearance on a French TV show. The moderator mentions Thompson playing at Le Chat Qui Pêche club in Paris. The performance fades out during Thompson's solo.


Date: January 2, 1959
Location: WDR Studio, Köln, Germany
Label: [radio broadcast]
Kurt Edelhagen Band on WDR

Kurt Edelhagen (ldr), Jimmy Deuchar, Rob Pronk (t), Raymond Droz, Heinz Gätjens (tb), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Derek Humble (as, ts), Heinz Kretzschmar (as), Jean-Louis Chautemps, Karl Drevo (ts), Kurt 'Bubi' Aderhold (bar), Francis Coppieters (p), Johnny Fischer (b), Stuff Combe (d), Kurt Edelhagen (con)

a.     Have You Met Miss Jones? - 2:28  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b.     You Don't Know What Love Is - 3:59  (Gene DePaul, Don Raye) / arr: Rob Pronk
c.     What Is This Thing Called Love? - 3:02  (Cole Porter)
d.     Now's the Time - 3:26  (Charlie Parker) / arr: Jimmy Deuchar
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-b; (ts) on c-d.

This is the Kurt Edelhagen All Star band featuring Lucky Thompson. The personnel are assumed to be the same as for the youth concert the following day. Lucky Thompson solos on all tracks.


Date: January 3, 1959
Location: Youth Concert, Gurzenich, Köln, Germany
Label: [private recording]
Kurt Edelhagen Band: Youth Concert in Köln

Kurt Edelhagen (ldr), Jimmy Deuchar, Rob Pronk (t), Raymond Droz, Heinz Gätjens (tb), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Derek Humble (as, ts), Heinz Kretzschmar (as), Jean-Louis Chautemps, Karl Drevo (ts), Kurt 'Bubi' Aderhold (bar), Francis Coppieters (p), Johnny Fischer (b), Stuff Combe (d), Kurt Edelhagen (con)

a.     You Don't Know What Love Is - 4:20  (Gene DePaul, Don Raye) / arr: Rob Pronk
b.     What Is This Thing Called Love? - 2:56  (Cole Porter)
c.     Have You Met Miss Jones? - 2:30  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
d.     Now's the Time - 3:38  (Charlie Parker) / arr: Jimmy Deuchar
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a, c; (ts) on b, d.

This is the Kurt Edelhagen All Star Band featuring Lucky Thompson. The recording contains extensive historical and educational discussion by the moderator between performances but this is not included in the timings above. Tracks a and b are from set 1 and c and d from set 2. Thompson does not appear on other titles from this concert except the quartet performance below.


Date: January 3, 1959
Location: Youth Concert, Gurzenich, Köln, Germany
Label: [private recording]
Lucky Thompson Quartet: Youth Concert in Köln

Kurt Edelhagen (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss), Francis Coppieters (p), Johnny Fischer (b), Stuff Combe (d)

a.     You Go to My Head - 5:28  (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
unissued

This quartet performance is part of the second set of the previous concert session.


Date: January 6, 1959
Location: RTF Studio, Paris, France
Label: [radio broadcast]
Bill Coleman Sextet on Carrefour du Jazz (Crossroads of Jazz)

Bill Coleman (ldr), Bill Coleman (t), Lucky Thompson (ts), Jimmy Gourley (g), Art Simmons (p), Dan Jordan (b), Kansas Fields (d)

a.     Crossroads of the Blues - 7:23  (Bill Coleman)
b.     Sweet Georgia Brown - 4:23  (Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey, Maceo Pinkard)
Both titles unissued.

Information on these titles comes from the INA archives. The first broadcast date was January 24, 1959. During the program, the musicians are interviewed.


Date: January 14, 1959
Location: Paris, France
Label: Symphonium (Fr.)
Lucky Thompson Quintet and Duo with Prinz Ghana M'Bow: Lucky In Paris

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Michel Hausser (vib), Martial Solal (p), Gilbert Gassin (b), Gérard 'Dave' Pochonet (d), Prinz Ghana M'Bow (cng)

a.     Have You Met Miss Jones? - 3:35  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
     Symphonium (Fr.) EP: 1230 — Lucky In Paris   
b.     Solitude - 3:27  (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Eddie De Lange)
     Symphonium (Fr.) EP: 1230 — Lucky In Paris   
     HighNote CD: HCD 6021 — The Duke of Elegant: Gems From the Duke Ellington Scrapbook - The Complete Collection, Volume 3   (2009)
c.     Soul Food - 3:17  (Lucky Thompson)
     Symphonium (Fr.) EP: 1230 — Lucky In Paris   
d.     Pennies from Heaven - 4:01  (Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston)
     Taureau (Fr.) LP 12": SW 3301 — Gérard 'Dave' Pochonet - Swingin' In Paris   
e.     How About You? - 5:41  (Burton Lane, Ralph Freed)
f.     Midnight Sun - 3:28  (Lionel Hampton, Johnny Burke, Johnny Mercer)
 
All titles on:      Symphonium (Fr.) LP 12": 1230 (?) — Lucky In Paris   
     HighNote CD: HCD 7045 — Lucky In Paris   (1999)
     Cleopatra Master Classics Digital Download: — Essential Jazz Masters: Lucky Thompson   (2010)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a, e-f; (ts) on b-d; Michel Hausser (vib) on a-b, d-f; Martial Solal (p) on a-b, d-f; Gilbert Gassin (b) on a-b, d-f; Gérard 'Dave' Pochonet (d) on a-b, d-f; Prinz Ghana M'Bow (cng) on c.

This appears to be Lucky Thompson's first commercial recording on soprano saxophone. The existence of a 7-inch, 45 RPM EP issued as Symphonium (Fr.) 1230, containing 4 tracks taken from this and the following session, is confirmed. The Jepsen, Bruyninckx and Lord discographies as well as the liner notes to High Note HCD 7045 indicate that all tracks from both of these sessions were issued on Symphonium (Fr.) LP 1230 but the existence of such an LP has not been confirmed. It seems unusual but not impossible that an EP and LP would have the same catalog number. Another explanation is that the catalog number of the LP has been incorrectly assigned by discographers. Until a copy of the LP can be located and examined, this situation will remain unresolved.

Soloists:
Track a - Solal (intro), Thompson (ss), Hausser, Solal, Thompson (ss)
Track b - Thompson (ts), Solal, Thompson (ts)
Track c - Thompson ts duet with M'Bow (others out)
Track d - Pochonet (intro), Hausser, Thompson (ts), Solal
Track e - Solal (intro), Thompson (ss), Hausser, Solal
Track f - Solal (intro), Thompson (ss)


Date: January 15, 1959
Location: Paris, France
Label: Symphonium (Fr.)
Lucky Thompson Quintet and Duo with Prinz Ghana M'Bow: Lucky In Paris

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Michel Hausser (vib), Martial Solal (p), Gilbert Gassin (b), Gérard 'Dave' Pochonet (d), Prinz Ghana M'Bow (cng)

a.     Tea for Two - 3:35  (Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar)
     Symphonium (Fr.) EP: 1230 — Lucky In Paris   
b.     Brother Bob - 5:13  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     We'll Be Together Again - 4:43  (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
     Taureau (Fr.) LP 12": SW 3301 — Gérard 'Dave' Pochonet - Swingin' In Paris   
     HighNote CD: 756020 — Sax and the City: The Sensuous Sound of the Saxophone   (2008)
     Vintage Masters, Inc. Digital Download: — 101 Must Have Jazz Standards   (2012)
d.     O.W. - 5:04  (composer unknown)
 
All titles on:      Symphonium (Fr.) LP 12": 1230 (?) — Lucky In Paris   
     HighNote CD: HCD 7045 — Lucky In Paris   (1999)
     Cleopatra Master Classics Digital Download: — Essential Jazz Masters: Lucky Thompson   (2010)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b; (ts) on a, c-d; Michel Hausser (vib) on a, c-d; Martial Solal (p) on a, c-d; Gilbert Gassin (b) on a, c-d; Gérard 'Dave' Pochonet (d) on a, c-d; Prinz Ghana M'Bow (cng) on b.

"O.W." is not the Dizzy Gillespie composition, "Ow" despite being indicated as so on HighNote HCD 7045 and in discographies. Track b is incorrectly listed in discographies as "Brother Bop." Regarding the issues of this material, see the comments for the preceding session.

Soloists:
Track a - Pochonet (intro), Thompson (ts), Hausser, Solal, Thompson (ts)
Track b - Thompson (ss) duet with M'Bow (others out)
Track c - Thompson (ts), Solal, Thompson
Track d - Solal, Thompson (ts), Hausser, Solal


Date: February 7, 1959
Location: Köln, Germany
Label: Manhattan (Ger.)
Lucky Thompson and Jack Sels: Bongo Jazz

Jack Sels, Lucky Thompson (ldr), Ado Broodboom (t), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Jack Sels (ts), Fats Sadi (vib), Jean Fanis (p), Benoit Quersin (b), Rudy Frankel (d), Prinz Ghana M'Bow (bo)

a. 66126-X1    Takin' Care 'o Business (Takin' Care 'n Business) - 2:20  (Lucky Thompson, Emmett Berry)
b. 66126-X2    The World Awakes - 3:49  (Lucky Thompson)
c. 66126-Y1    Ginger - 2:55  (Jack Sels)
d. 66126-Y2    Minor Works - 3:32  (Jack Sels)
 
All titles on:      Manhattan (Ger.) EP: 45-66126C — Bongo Jazz   
     Bertelsmann Schallplattenring (Ger.) EP: 66126 — Bongo Jazz   
     Baccarola (Ger.) LP 12": 79325ZT — Fascinatin' Rhythm   
     Manhattan (Ger.) LP 12": 66126 — Fascinatin' Rhythm   
     Harrison James Music Digital Download: — Bongo Jazz   

Ado Broodboom (t) on c-d; Lucky Thompson (ss) on b-c; (ts) on a, d; Jack Sels (ts) on c-d; Jean Fanis (p) on c-d; Rudy Frankel (d) on c-d; Prinz Ghana M'Bow (bo) on a-c.

Track a is incorrectly listed as "One Cool Night" on all issues but it is definitely the blues called "Takin' Care 'o Business" on the February 22, 1956 session. The Lord Discography indicates that tracks a and b were recorded on February 7, 1958 which is probably a typographical error. The tracks issued on the EPs are mono and those on the LP stereo but the mono and stereo tracks have the same timings and are apparently the same takes.

Soloists:
Track a - M'Bow, Thompson (ts), Sadi
Track b - M'Bow, Thompson (ss), Sadi
Track c - Broodboom, Sels, Fanis
Track d - Fanis (intro), Sadi, Sels


Date: March 7, 1959
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet on Jazz Aux Champs-Elysées

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Jacques Diéval (p), Jacques Hess (b), Jacques David (d)

a.     Lover Man - 2:39  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
     INA (Fr.) CD: IMV 086 — Jazz Aux Champs-Elysées   (2010)

Date: March 12, 1959
Location: RTF Studio, Paris, France
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet on Jazz Aux Champs-Elysées

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Jacques Diéval (p), Jacques Hess (b), Jacques David (d)

a.     Body and Soul - 5:09  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
     unissued
b.     Don't Blame Me - 5:06  (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
     INA (Fr.) CD: IMV 086 — Jazz Aux Champs-Elysées   (2010)
c.     Now's the Time - 3:08  (Charlie Parker)
     unissued

The recording date comes from the INA archives. Broadcast dates are March 18 and 25, 1959. Tracks a and c can be downloaded from the INA website.


Date: April 1959
Location: Köln, Germany
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Trio on German Radio

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Peter Trunk (b)

a.     Now's the Time  (Charlie Parker)
unissued

This WDR radio broadcast is listed in Bob Weir's Lucky Thompson discography. It has not been auditioned.


Date: April 17, 1959
Location: Funkhaus des NDR, Studio 10, Hamburg, Germany
Label: NDR (Ger.)
NDR Jazz Workshop No. 6

Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Klaus Marmulla (as), Georges Grenu (ts), Hans Koller (ts, bar), Helmut Reinhardt (bar), Wolfgang Schlüter (vib), Michael Naura (p), Hajo Lange (b), Heinz von Moisy (d)

a. 101    Jeannie - 5:15  (Sam Jones, Nat Adderley) / arr: Hajo Lange
b. 102    The World Awakes - 4:55  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
c. 103    Would You Like to Take a Walk? - 5:20  (Harry Warren, Billy Rose, Mort Dixon)
d. 104    Marionettes (Marionets) - 4:45  (Hans Koller) / arr: Hans Koller
e. 105    Cherokee - 4:30  (Ray Noble)
f. 106    Little Leona - 5:20  (John Acea) / arr: Michael Naura
g. 201    W + M Blues - 4:55  (Michael Naura, Wolfgang Schlüter)
h. 202    Y Spot - 5:55  (composer unknown) / arr: Michael Naura
i. 203    Hi Fi - 4:15  (Hans Koller)
j. 204    I'll Remember April - 3:30  (Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)
k. 205    Mr. Beermeier (Mr. Beermeyer) - 4:00  (Hans Koller)
l. 206    Lover Man - 5:40  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
m. 207    E Dee Mc Linn (Edie McLin) - 7:00  (Gene Wright) / arr: Michael Naura
n. 301    Spectacular - 4:00  (Sam Jones, Nat Adderley) / arr: Michael Naura
o. 302    Midnight Sun - 5:40  (Lionel Hampton, Johnny Burke, Johnny Mercer)
p. 303    Schwedenplatte - 6:00  (Hans Koller)
q. 304    Yesterdays - 5:40  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach) / arr: Lucky Thompson
r. 305    Easy Does It - 4:50  (Sy Oliver, Trummy Young) / arr: Hajo Lange, Michael Naura
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b, o, q; (ts) on a, e, l, r; Klaus Marmulla (as) on a-b, d, f, h-i, m-n, q-r; Georges Grenu (ts) on a-b, f, h-j, q-r; Hans Koller (ts) on a-b, d, f, h-i, p-r; (bar) on k; Helmut Reinhardt (bar) on a-b, d, f, h-i, k, p-r; Wolfgang Schlüter (vib) on a, c, g-h, m-n, r; Michael Naura (p) on a-d, f-j, l-r; Hajo Lange (b) on a-b, d-r; Heinz von Moisy (d) on a-b, d-r.

This concert was part of a series of radio and TV broadcasts produced by Hans Gertberg. The information comes from the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) archives.

On track e, Lucky Thompson is accompanied by bass and drums only and on tracks l and o, by piano, bass and drums. He appears in larger ensembles on tracks a, b, q and r. Track c is a vibraphone/piano duet. Track j features Grenu and the rhythm section and track g, vibraphone and rhythm section. Track k features Koller and Reinhardt on baritone saxophone with the only bass and drums. Tracks m and n involve alto saxophone, vibraphone and rhythm section.

Track h is credited to Count Basie in the NDR archives but confirmation of a Basie tune with this title could not be found. The title is "Topsy" spelled backwards and audition reveals a thinly disguised contrafact of that Eddie Durham-Edgar Battle classic from the Basie repertoire, probably penned by one of the participants.


Date: April 18, 1959
Location: Grugahalle, Essener Jazztage 1959, Essen, Germany
Label: [private recording]
Martial Solal Trio with guest Lucky Thompson Live in Essen

Martial Solal (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Martial Solal (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Kenny Clarke (d)

a.     Special Club - 4:34  (Martial Solal)
     WDR/JazzLine (Ger.) CD: N 77 009 — Thelonious Monk Quartet, Berlin 1961/Martial Solal Trio, Essen 1959   (2012)
b.     Lover Man - 3:30  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
     WDR/JazzLine (Ger.) CD: N 77 009 — Thelonious Monk Quartet, Berlin 1961/Martial Solal Trio, Essen 1959   (2012)
c.     The Squirrel - 3:00  (Tadd Dameron)
     WDR/JazzLine (Ger.) CD: N 77 009 — Thelonious Monk Quartet, Berlin 1961/Martial Solal Trio, Essen 1959   (2012)
d.     The World Awakes - 2:50  (Lucky Thompson)
     WDR/JazzLine (Ger.) CD: N 77 009 — Thelonious Monk Quartet, Berlin 1961/Martial Solal Trio, Essen 1959   (2012)
e.     Yesterdays - 5:50  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
     WDR/JazzLine (Ger.) CD: N 77 009 — Thelonious Monk Quartet, Berlin 1961/Martial Solal Trio, Essen 1959   (2012)
f.     Tricotism (Tricrotism) - 5:40  (Oscar Pettiford)
     unissued

Lucky Thompson (ss) on d-e; (ts) on f; Martial Solal (p) on a-e.

The MC is Dietrich Schulz-Köhn. Lucky Thompson solos on tracks d-f.


Date: June 13, 1959
Location: Hoche Studio, Paris, France
Label: Barclay (Fr.)
Eddie Barclay Big Band Directed by Jimmy Mundy

Eddie Barclay (ldr), Fred Gérard, Bernard Hulin, Pierre Sellin, Fernand Verstraete (t), Raymond Katarzinsky, André Paquinet, Benny Vasseur, Gabriel Vilain (tb), Pierre Gossez, René 'Mickey' Nicolas (as), Georges Bessières, Lucky Thompson (ts), Armand Migiani (bar), Paul Piguillem (g), Art Simmons (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Jimmy Mundy (dir)

a. 3620    The Champs  (composer unknown) / arr: Jimmy Mundy
b. 3621    To You, My Darling  (composer unknown) / arr: Jimmy Mundy
c. 3622    Madame Nicole  (composer unknown) / arr: Jimmy Mundy
d. 3623    Love Me Baby  (Jimmy Mundy, Bill Tennyson, Jr.) / arr: Jimmy Mundy
All titles unissued.

Tracks a-c were probably composed by Jimmy Mundy but this has not been confirmed. Information on this session comes from Bob Weir and Michel Ruppli. The tracks have not been auditioned.


Date: July 15, 1959
Location: Sudwestfunk Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany
Label: [radio broadcast]
Oscar Pettiford Ensemble: German Radio Tapes

Oscar Pettiford (ldr), Duško Gojkovic (t), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Oscar Pettiford (vc, b), Hans Hammerschmid (p), Fred Dutton (b), Hartwig Bartz (d), Monica Zetterlund (v)

a.     Stuffy - 4:55  (Coleman Hawkins)
     Jazzline (Ger.) LP 12": JL 20827 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Jazzline (Ger.) CD: 11 300 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Radio Tapes '55-'60   
     Jazzline (Ger.) CD: 11 096 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Delta (Jpn.) CD: 1017 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Han-Ki Digital Download: — Hit That Jive   (2014)
b.     Sophisticated Lady - 5:39  (Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills)
     Jazzhaus (Ger.) LP 12": AJZH 101724 — Oscar Pettiford: Lost Tapes - Baden-Baden 1958/1959   (2013)
     Jazzline (Ger.) LP 12": JL 20827 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Jazzhaus (Ger.) CD: JH 101719 — Oscar Pettiford: Lost Tapes - Baden-Baden 1958/1959   (2013)
     Jazzline (Ger.) CD: 11 300 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Radio Tapes '55-'60   
     Jazzline (Ger.) CD: 11 096 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Delta (Jpn.) CD: 1017 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Han-Ki Digital Download: — Hit That Jive   (2014)
     Nagel Heyer Digital Download: — Star Chaser   (2014)
c.     But Not for Me - 3:02  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     Jazzhaus (Ger.) LP 12": AJZH 101724 — Oscar Pettiford: Lost Tapes - Baden-Baden 1958/1959   (2013)
     Jazzline (Ger.) LP 12": JL 20827 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Jazzhaus (Ger.) CD: JH 101719 — Oscar Pettiford: Lost Tapes - Baden-Baden 1958/1959   (2013)
     Enja (Ger.) CD: 9427-2 — Dusko Goykovich: Portrait - A 70th Birthday Celebration   
     Jazzline (Ger.) CD: 11 300 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Radio Tapes '55-'60   
     Jazzline (Ger.) CD: 11 096 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Delta (Jpn.) CD: 1017 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Han-Ki Digital Download: — Hit That Jive   (2014)
d.     Summertime - 4:55  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
     Jazzline (Ger.) LP 12": JL 20827 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Jazzline (Ger.) CD: 11 300 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Radio Tapes '55-'60   
     Jazzline (Ger.) CD: 11 096 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Delta (Jpn.) CD: 1017 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Han-Ki Digital Download: — Hit That Jive   (2014)
e.     What's New? - 3:20  (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke)
     unissued
f.     Love for Sale  (Cole Porter)
     Enja (Ger.) CD: 9427-2 — Dusko Goykovich: Portrait - A 70th Birthday Celebration   
g.     Treffpunkt Blues - 2:35  (composer unknown)
     Jazzline (Ger.) LP 12": JL 20827 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Jazzline (Ger.) CD: 11 300 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Radio Tapes '55-'60   
     Jazzline (Ger.) CD: 11 096 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Delta (Jpn.) CD: 1017 — Jazz Legacy - Baden Baden Unreleased Radio Tapes: Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60   
     Han-Ki Digital Download: — Hit That Jive   (2014)

Duško Gojkovic (t) on a, c, e-g; Lucky Thompson (ss) on b, d; (ts) on a, e-g; Oscar Pettiford (vc) on e-f; (b) on a-d, g; Hans Hammerschmid (p) on a-b, e-g; Fred Dutton (b) on e-f; Hartwig Bartz (d) on a-b, d-g; Monica Zetterlund (v) on d-f.

According to Coover Gazdar's Oscar Pettiford Discography, these tracks were recorded for broadcast by Radio Baden-Baden. Enja CD 9427-2 indicates that tracks c and f were recorded on June 15, 1959.

Soloists:
Track a - Hammerschmid (intro), Thompson (ts), Gojkovic, Hammerschmid, Pettiford (b)
Track b - Hammerschmid (intro), Thompson (ss), Pettiford (b), Thompson (ss)
Track c - Pettiford (b) duet with Gojkovic
Track d - Pettiford (b intro), Zetterlund, Thompson (ss), Zetterlund
Track e - not auditioned
Track f - not auditioned
Track g - Hammerschmid (intro), Gojkovic, Thompson (ts), Hammerschmid, Thompson/Gojkovic (4-bar exchanges with Bartz)


Date: January 9, 1960
Location: Blue Note Club, Paris, France
Label: [television broadcast]
Modern Jazz at the Blue Note

Bud Powell, Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Jimmy Gourley (g), Alice McLeod Coltrane, Bud Powell (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Kenny Clarke (d)

a.     Strike up the Band - 3:47  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     unissued
b.     Lover Man - 4:52  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
     unissued
c.     Get Happy - 2:41  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
     Xanadu LP 12": 102 — Bud In Paris   (1975)
     Xanadu (Fr.) LP 12": JX 6609 — Bud In Paris   (1975)
     Teichiku (Jpn.) LP 12": ULS 1641T — Bud In Paris   (1978)
     Columbia (Jpn.) LP 12": YS 7096 — Bud In Paris   
     Xanadu (Jpn.) LP 12": JC 7001 — Bud In Paris   
     Mythic Sound (It.) LP 12": MS 6005-1 — Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 5: Groovin' At the Blue Note, 59-61   
     Mythic Sound (Jpn.) LP 12": NSJ 1001 — Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 5: Groovin' At the Blue Note, 59-61   
     Jazz Averty (Fr.) Videotape (VHS): 665002 — L'INA Présente Jazz Averty: Garner, Powell   (1992)
     Crown (Jpn.) CD: BRJ 4546 — Bud In Paris   (1988)
     Mythic Sound (It.) CD: MS 6005-2 — Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 5: Groovin' At the Blue Note, 59-61   (1989)
     Pablo CD: PACD 2310-972-2 — Bud Powell: Paris Sessions   (1991)
     Jazz Door (Ger.) CD: 1204 — The Legacy of Bud Powell   (1991)
     Xanadu CD: XCD 1222 — Bud In Paris   (1994)
     Jazz Shots (Sp.) DVD: 2869079 — Bud Powell In Europe: Paris 1959 - Copenhagen 1962   (2006)
d.     John's Abbey - 2:15  (Bud Powell)
     Xanadu LP 12": 102 — Bud In Paris   (1975)
     Xanadu (Fr.) LP 12": JX 6609 — Bud In Paris   (1975)
     Teichiku (Jpn.) LP 12": ULS 1641T — Bud In Paris   (1978)
     Columbia (Jpn.) LP 12": YS 7096 — Bud In Paris   
     Xanadu (Jpn.) LP 12": JC 7001 — Bud In Paris   
     Mythic Sound (It.) LP 12": MS 6005-1 — Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 5: Groovin' At the Blue Note, 59-61   
     Mythic Sound (Jpn.) LP 12": NSJ 1001 — Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 5: Groovin' At the Blue Note, 59-61   
     Jazz Averty (Fr.) Videotape (VHS): 665002 — L'INA Présente Jazz Averty: Garner, Powell   (1992)
     Crown (Jpn.) CD: BRJ 4546 — Bud In Paris   (1988)
     Mythic Sound (It.) CD: MS 6005-2 — Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 5: Groovin' At the Blue Note, 59-61   (1989)
     Pablo CD: PACD 2310-972-2 — Bud Powell: Paris Sessions   (1991)
     Jazz Door (Ger.) CD: 1204 — The Legacy of Bud Powell   (1991)
     Xanadu CD: XCD 1222 — Bud In Paris   (1994)
     Jazz Shots (Sp.) DVD: 2869079 — Bud Powell In Europe: Paris 1959 - Copenhagen 1962   (2006)
e.    inc Anthropology - 5:02  (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie)
     Mythic Sound (It.) LP 12": MS 6005-1 — Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 5: Groovin' At the Blue Note, 59-61   
     Mythic Sound (Jpn.) LP 12": NSJ 1001 — Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 5: Groovin' At the Blue Note, 59-61   
     Jazz Averty (Fr.) Videotape (VHS): 665002 — L'INA Présente Jazz Averty: Garner, Powell   (1992)
     Mythic Sound (It.) CD: MS 6005-2 — Earl Bud Powell, Vol. 5: Groovin' At the Blue Note, 59-61   (1989)
     Jazz Door (Ger.) CD: 1204 — The Legacy of Bud Powell   (1991)
     Jazz Shots (Sp.) DVD: 2869079 — Bud Powell In Europe: Paris 1959 - Copenhagen 1962   (2006)

Bud Powell (ldr) on c-e; (p) on c-e; Lucky Thompson (ldr) on a-b, e; (ss) on b; (ts) on a, e; Jimmy Gourley (g) on a, e; Alice McLeod Coltrane (p) on a-b.

These tracks are part of a live television broadcast, "Modern Jazz At the Blue Note," featuring various artists including Lucky Thompson's quartet and quintet, the Bud Powell Trio (with Michelot and Clarke; referred to as "The Three Bosses"), Jimmy Gourley's quartet with pianist Henri Renaud, Alice McLeod's trio and vocalist Billie Poole backed by McLeod's trio. At the time, the pianist was still known as Alice McLeod and was working at the Blue Note as intermission pianist. The TV show director was Jean-Christophe Averty and the source of this series of videos is the INA (Institut National de l'Audiovisuel) from which website the entire video can be downloaded. Sim Copans is the moderator. January 9, 1960 is the given for the show by INA but is the broadcast date and may not be the actual date of recording. Other dates have been proposed:
November 7, 1959 - Weir Lucky Thompson Discography
December 1959 - Jazz Averty video
May 8, 1960 - Mythic Sound CD
June 15, 1960 - Bruyninckx and Lord Discographies and "Bud In Paris" LPs and CDs.

It's possible that all the video performances were not recorded on the same date; however, the camera shots and ambience are consistent with the show having taken place on one evening.

Regarding "Anthropology," the Mythic Sound CD and possibly other issues have an edited version only 1:57 in length in which Thompson's and Gourley's solos have been deleted so that the track ends after Powell's solo. The video performance is incomplete, fading out during 4-bar exchanges between Thompson and Clarke.

Soloists:
Track a - Clarke (intro), Thompson (ts), Gourley, McLeod, Thompson (ts)/Clarke (4-bar exchanges)
Track b - McLeod (intro), Thompson (ss), McLeod, Thompson (ss)
Track c - Powell (Powell, Michelot, Clarke only)
Track d - Powell (Powell, Michelot, Clarke only)
Track e - Clarke (intro), Powell, Thompson (ts), Gourley, Thompson (ts)/Clarke (4-bar exchanges to fade out)


Date: February 13, 1960
Location: Blue Note Club, Paris, France
Label: [television broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Octet: Modern Jazz At the Blue Note - Lucky Thompson's Special Show

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lennie Johnson (t), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Jo Hrasko (as), Marcel Hrasko (ts, bar), Sahib Shihab (bar), Buddy Catlett (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Thelma Love (Lowe, Thompson) (v)

a.     Fanfare - 4:06  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
b.     Thin Ice - 3:33  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     Deep Passion - 3:39  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
d.     The World Awakes - 4:13  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
e.     Yesterdays - 3:42  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach) / arr: Lucky Thompson
f.     Easy Going - 3:25  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
g.     The Bittersweet - 3:34  (Lucky Thompson, J. Leslie McFarland) / arr: Lucky Thompson
h.     Takin' Care 'o Business (Takin' Care 'n Business) - 4:23  (Lucky Thompson, Emmett Berry)
i.     Yard Bird's Pet - 1:59  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
j.    inc Fanfare - 2:10  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
All titles unissued.

Lennie Johnson (t) on a, c-g, i-j; Jimmy Cleveland (tb) on a, c-f, h-j; Lucky Thompson (ss) on d-e, g; (ts) on a-c, f-j; Jo Hrasko (as) on a, c-g, i-j; Marcel Hrasko (ts) on a, c-g, i-j; (bar) on a, c-g, i-j; Sahib Shihab (bar) on a, c-g, i-j; Thelma Love (Lowe, Thompson) (v) on c, g.

This film was originally broadcast on French National Television and can be downloaded at the INA (National Audiovisual Institute) Website. The director is Jean-Christophe Averty and the announcer is Sim Copans who interviews Thompson at one point (in French). The ensemble included Parisian musicians and members of the Quincy Jones Orchestra which was touring Europe at this time. Track b is performed by only Thompson, Catlett and Clarke and track h by Thompson, Cleveland, Catlett and Clarke. The date shown is that of broadcast and may not be the actual recording date although probably very close to it.

Track f is announced as "Home Free" but it is not the composition of that title recorded on May 11, 1956; however, it is identical to the song titled "Easy Going" recorded on May 11, 1956.

Soloists:
Track a - Shihab, Cleveland, Jo Hrasko, Johnson, Catlett, Clarke
Track b - Thompson (ts), Thompson (ts)/Clarke (8- and 4-bar exchanges), Catlett (walking), Clarke
Track c - Love, Thompson (ts), Love
Track d - Thompson (ss), Cleveland, Clarke
Track e - Thompson (ss)
Track f - Thompson (ts), Cleveland, Shihab, Clarke
Track g - Love
Track h - Cleveland, Thompson (ts), Catlett, Clarke
Track i - Thompson (ts)
Track j - Shihab, Cleveland, Jo Hrasko, Johnson


Date: April 22, 1960
Location: Funkhaus des NDR, Studio 10, Hamburg, Germany
Label: NDR (Ger.)
NDR Jazz Workshop No. 13

Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Klaus Marmulla (as), Wolfgang Schlüter (vib), Jimmy Gourley (g), Michael Naura (p, cel, or), Hajo Lange (b), Heinz von Moisy (d), Helen Merrill (v)

a. 101    Au Privave - 3:25  (Charlie Parker) / arr: Hajo Lange
b. 103    Summertime - 3:50  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) / arr: Lucky Thompson
c. 104    Moon Ray - 8:10  (Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison) / arr: Hajo Lange
d. 105    Der Kleine Prinz - 5:00  (Michael Naura)
e. 106    Cute - 5:00  (Neal Hefti) / arr: Klaus Marmulla
f. 108    Thin Ice - 3:41  (Lucky Thompson)
g. 109    Deep Passion - 4:02  (Lucky Thompson)
h. 202    It Never Entered My Mind - 3:30  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
i. 203    What Is This Thing Called Love? - 3:35  (Cole Porter)
j. 204    Bye Bye Blackbird - 2:45  (Ray Henderson, Mort Dixon)
k. 302    Star Eyes - 3:10  (Gene DePaul, Don Raye)
l. 303    Misty - 4:55  (Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke)
m. 304    Brother Bob - 4:20  (Lucky Thompson)
n. 305    Broadway - 3:55  (Bill Bird, Henri Woode, Teddy McRae) / arr: Klaus Marmulla
o. 306    Straight, No Chaser - 3:50  (Thelonious Monk) / arr: Wolfgang Schlüter
p. 308    I Should Care - 5:15  (Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Allan Roberts)
q. 310    Murder in the Cathedral - 5:55  (Wolfgang Schlüter) / arr: Michael Naura
r. 311    Gruga Mood - 5:50  (Michael Naura) / arr: Michael Naura
s. 402    What's New? - 4:30  (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke)
t. 403    'S Wonderful - 2:40  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Lucky Thompson
u. 404    Good Luck (Glamour Game) - 3:40  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
v. 405    Lucky's Workshop Theme - 4:45  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b, i, k, m; (ts) on a, f-g, j, n-o, t-v; Klaus Marmulla (as) on a, d-e, j, n-o, q-r, t-v; Wolfgang Schlüter (vib) on a-c, e, j, l, n-o, q-r, t, v; Jimmy Gourley (g) on a-b, j, n-p, t-v; Michael Naura (p) on b, g, i-j, l, o-p, r-t, v; (cel) on h, r; (or) on a, c, e, n, q-r; Heinz von Moisy (d) on a-c, e-g, i-j, l-v; Helen Merrill (v) on h-j, s-t.

This concert was part of a series of radio and TV broadcasts produced by Hans Gertberg. The information comes from the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) archives. Track u is called "Glamour Game" but it is the same composition recorded on December 12, 1956 as "Good Luck."

Lucky Thompson performs with only bass on track k, with only bass and drums on tracks f and m, with piano bass and drums on track g and with Helen Merrill, piano, bass and drums on track i. Track d is an alto saxophone/bass duet. Helen Merrill is backed by only celeste and bass on track h. Track p features guitarist Gourley with piano, bass and drums. Track c features vibraphone, organ, bass and drums.


Date: May 28, 1960
Location: Club St. Germain, Paris, France
Label: [television broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Octet: Modern Jazz At the Club Saint Germain

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Christian Bellest (t), Nat Peck (tb), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Jo Hrasko (as), William Boucaya (bar), Martial Solal (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Thelma Love (Lowe, Thompson) (v)

a.     Check out Time - 5:48  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
b.     Why Weep? - 2:39  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     While You Are Gone - 3:37  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
d.     Nothin' but the Soul - 4:06  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
e.     One Last Goodbye - 3:56  (Lucky Thompson)
f.     Yesterday's Bottle - 4:19  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
g.     Good Luck (Glamour Game) - 5:15  (Lucky Thompson)
h.    inc Down the Stretch - 1:15  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
All titles unissued.

Christian Bellest (t) on a, c-d, f, h; Nat Peck (tb) on a, c-d, f-h; Lucky Thompson (ss) on f; (ts) on a-e, g-h; Jo Hrasko (as) on a, c-d, f, h; William Boucaya (bar) on a, c-d, f, h; Martial Solal (p) on a, c-h; Thelma Love (Lowe, Thompson) (v) on c, f.

This film was originally broadcast on French National Television and can be downloaded at the INA (National Audiovisual Institute) Website. The director is Jean-Christophe Averty and the announcer is Sim Copans who briefly interviews Thompson at one point (in French). Track b is performed by Thompson, Michelot and Clarke; track e by Thompson and the rhythm section; track g by Thompson, Peck and the rhythm section. The date shown is that of broadcast and may not be the actual recording date although probably very close to it.

Track b is announced as "You Move, You Lose" but it is not the song of that title recorded on April 20, 1956; however, it is identical to "Why Weep?" recorded on April 5, 1956, November 25, 1960 and February 28, 1969. Track g is announced as "Glamour Game" but it is the same composition recorded as "Good Luck" on December 12, 1956.

Soloists:
Track a - Solal, Hrasko, Michelot, Clarke, Thompson (ts), Michelot (walking), Clarke
Track b - Clarke (intro), Clarke, Thompson (ts), Clarke, Thompson/Clarke (4-bar exchanges)
Track c - Solal (intro), Love
Track d - Bellest, Thompson (ts), Boucaya, Clarke
Track e - Solal (intro), Thompson (ts), Solal
Track f - Thompson (ss), Love, Thompson (ss), Love
Track g - Peck, Michelot, Solal, Clarke, Thompson (ts)/Clarke (4-bar exchanges), Solal
Track h - Thompson (ts) (tracks ends during solo)


Date: October 14, 1960
Location: Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris, France
Label: Vogue (Fr.)
Lucky Thompson Duo and Trio: Oscar Pettiford Memorial Concert

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Peter Trunk (b), Daniel Humair (d)

a.     The World Awakes - 4:54  (Lucky Thompson)
     RCA Victor (Jpn.) CD: RBCX 7057 — The Vibe! Vol. 10: Jazz & Bop de Paris   (2005)
     Nagel Heyer Digital Download: — Star Chaser   (2014)
b.     Lover Man - 5:04  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
     Nagel Heyer Digital Download: — Star Chaser   (2014)
c.     Strike up the Band - 6:07  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
 
All titles on:      Vogue (Fr.) LP 12": LD 523-30 — Memorial Oscar Pettiford   (1960)
     Vogue (Jpn.) LP 12": YX 2024 — Memorial Oscar Pettiford   
     Vogue/Rozenblit (Bra.) LP 12": 40.174 — Memorial Oscar Pettiford   
     Vogue (Fr.) CD: 74321 11510 2 — Lucky Sessions   (1992)
     Vogue (Fr.) CD: 74321 55950 2 — Lucky Thompson: The Complete Vogue Recordings, Vol. 2   

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-b; (ts) on c; Daniel Humair (d) on b-c.

This was a memorial concert for bassist Oscar Pettiford who had died on September 8, 1960. The INA archives indicate this concert took place on December 13, 1960 but other sources give the October date shown.


Date: November 25, 1960
Location: Funkhaus des NDR, Studio 10, Hamburg, Germany
Label: NDR (Ger.)
NDR Jazz Workshop No. 16

Lucky Thompson, Barney Wilen (ss, ts), Bengt Jaedig (ts), Helmut Brandt (bar), Larry Atwell (g), Roland Kovac (p), Jürgen Ehlers (b), Rudi Pronk (d)

a. 101    Four Brothers - 1:50  (Jimmy Guiffre, Jon Hendricks) / arr: Roland Kovac
b. 102    Mysterioso Mr. X - 5:05  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
c. 104    Easy - 6:00  (Helmut Brandt) / arr: Helmut Brandt
d. 105    Autumn Leaves - 4:11  (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prevert, Johnny Mercer)
e. 106    This Here (Dis Here, Dis Hyunh) - 6:10  (Bobby Timmons) / arr: Roland Kovac
f. 108    Düsseldorf Süd and Wuppertal West - 4:15  (Roland Kovac) / arr: Roland Kovac
g. 109    I Surrender Dear - 3:46  (Harry Barris, Gordon Clifford)
h. 110    Why Weep? - 3:35  (Lucky Thompson)
i. 202    Edith - 4:05  (Roland Kovac)
j. 203    Take the "A" Train - 5:15  (Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Roland Kovac
k. 204    I Want to Be Happy - 4:40  (Vincent Youmans, Otto Harbach, Irving Caesar) / arr: Roland Kovac
l. 206    Iris - 4:20  (Roland Kovac) / arr: Roland Kovac
m. 207    One Last Goodbye - 4:50  (Lucky Thompson)
n. 209    Have a Light - 4:00  (Helmut Brandt) / arr: Helmut Brandt
o. 210    Fascinating Rhythm - 3:05  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
p. 211    Oleo - 3:22  (Sonny Rollins)
q. 301    Jahrgang 37 - 6:57  (Helmut Brandt) / arr: Helmut Brandt
r. 303    Einsames Mädchen Am Meer - 4:35  (Roland Kovac) / arr: Roland Kovac
s. 304    Four Brothers - 3:00  (Jimmy Guiffre, Jon Hendricks) / arr: Roland Kovac
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b, r; (ts) on a, c, f, h, j-n, s; Barney Wilen (ss) on e, r; (ts) on a-c, f, j-l, n, p, r-s; Bengt Jaedig (ts) on a-c, e-f, j-k, n, q-s; Helmut Brandt (bar) on a-c, f-g, j-l, n, q-s; Larry Atwell (g) on a-l, n-p, r-s; Roland Kovac (p) on a-f, i-l, n-s.

This concert was part of a series of radio and TV broadcasts produced by Hans Gertberg. The information comes from the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) archives.

Tracks d, i and o: piano, guitar, bass, drums only.
Track g: baritone sax, guitar, bass, drums only.
Track h: tenor sax (Thompson), guitar, bass, drums only.
Track m: tenor sax (Thompson), bass, drums only.
Track p: tenor sax (Wilen), piano, guitar, bass, drums only.


Date: December 3, 1960
Location: American Haus, Berlin, Germany
Label: [private recording]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Berlin

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Carlos 'Charlie' Diernhammer (p), Peter Trunk (b), Harry Kevis, Jr. (d)

a.     Cherokee  (Ray Noble)
unissued

This performance comes from tapes made by drummer Harry Kevis, Jr. who was a captain in the US Air Force at the time and stationed in Germany. Thanks to Dr. Robert Sunenblick for information. This track has not been auditioned.


Date: Probably 1961
Location: Probably Paris, France
Label: [private recording]
French Movie Soundtrack

Lucky Thompson (sax), Martial Solal (p), Guy Pedersen (b), Kenny Clarke (d)

a.     Soundtrack for the film "Machine Mon Amie"  (composer unknown)
unissued

Information on this session is very sketchy. "Machine Mon Amie" was a 17 min. documentary film by the director Louis Daquin. It is not known if the soundtrack was an original work or a composite of existing pieces. The musicians apparently do not appear in the film but only provide the music. See Jazz On the Screen.


Date: ca. 1961
Location: Probably Paris, France
French Movie Soundtrack

Lucky Thompson (ts), Maurice Vander [Vandair] (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Diahann Carroll (v)

a.     Goodbye Again - 2:31  (Georges Auric, Dory Langdon-Previn, Johannes Brahms)
b.     Love Is Just a Word - 0:48  (Georges Auric, Dory Langdon-Previn)
Both titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ts) on a.

These performances come from the soundtrack of a movie "Goodbye Again" ("Aimez-vous Brahms?") directed by Anatole Litvak. Information can be found at Jazz On the Screen and from Bob Weir's Lucky Thompson discography. The recording date is uncertain. The film is available on DVD. Goodbye Again is really a theme from the third movement of Brahms symphony no. 3. Both of these songs are performed during a night club scene in the movie where the musicians are briefly on screen. Diahann Carroll portrays a night club singer and has some brief dialogue with the main character played by Anthony Perkins. Thompson is not heard on "Love Is Just a Word."


Date: Spring 1961
Location: Paris, France
Label: Candid
Lucky Thompson Quartet: Lord, Lord, Am I Ever Gonna Know?

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Martial Solal (p), Peter Trunk (b), Kenny Clarke (d)

a.     Lord, Lord, Am I Ever Gonna Know? - 5:21  (Lucky Thompson)
     Candid LP 12": CM 8019/CS 9019 — The Jazz Life!   (1961)
     Candid (Jpn.) LP 12": SMJ 6188 — The Jazz Life!   (1978)
     Barnaby LP 12": BR 5021 — The Jazz Life!   (1978)
     Candid (Eng.) CD: CCD 79000 — Candid Jazz   (1988)
     Candid (Eng.) CD: CCD 79019 — The Jazz Life!   (1990)
     JazzFest CD: 2216 — Saxophone Heroes   (1997)
b.     I Remember When (Love and Respect) - 5:17  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     Sky High (Say That to Say This) - 2:24  (Lucky Thompson)
d.     Two Steps Out (Choose Your Own, Two Stops Out) - 6:25  (Lucky Thompson)
e.     Beautiful Tuesday - 4:47  (Lucky Thompson)
f.     Last Night I Met an Angel (Warm Inside) - 5:09  (Lucky Thompson)
g.     Is the Long Road the Right Road? (Our Shared Blessings) - 4:23  (Lucky Thompson)
h.     It's Fantasy (Scratching the Surface) - 3:15  (Lucky Thompson)
 
All titles on:      Candid (Eng.) CD: CCD 79035 — Lord, Lord, Am I Ever Gonna Know?   (1997)
     Candid (Jpn.) CD: TECW 20490 — Lord, Lord, Am I Ever Gonna Know?   (1997)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b, d-e, g; (ts) on a, c-d, f, h; Martial Solal (p) on a-c, e-h; Peter Trunk (b) on a-c, e-h; Kenny Clarke (d) on a-c, e-h.

Thompson is unaccompanied on track d and performs on both soprano and tenor saxophones.

Titles for tracks b-h (shown in parenthesis) were arbitrarily assigned by producers Mark Gardner and Alan Bates when the recordings that make up the CD Candid 79035 were discovered (without titles). The equivalences with Thompson's titles, recorded only from radio broadcasts, were apparently not known when the CD was issued but finally discovered in 2006 by saxophonist Chris Byars when he auditioned the radio broadcast of April 28, 1961 (see session below). So far, the original Thompson title for track e has not been found. Candid CD 79035 includes a 4:40 spoken introduction by Thompson recorded on March 20, 1968 with piano accompaniment apparently by him.


Date: April 28, 1961
Location: Funkhaus des NDR, Studio 10, Hamburg, Germany
Label: NDR (Ger.)
NDR Jazz Workshop No. 19

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Christian Bellest (t), Nat Peck (tb), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts, con), Jo Hrasko (as), William Boucaya (bar), Carlos 'Charlie' Diernhammer (p), Peter Trunk (b), Daniel Humair (d)

a. 101    Mr. Care Free - 6:10  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
b. 103    It's Fantasy (Scratching the Surface) - 3:08  (Lucky Thompson)
c. 104    Old Reliable - 6:03  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
d. 105    I Remember When (Love and Respect) - 4:50  (Lucky Thompson)
e. 106    Hang Over Heaven - 3:40  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
f. 201    It's Thursday - 5:05  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
g. 202    Is the Long Road the Right Road? (Our Shared Blessings) - 4:06  (Lucky Thompson)
h. 203    Seeing Is Believing - 3:33  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
i. 205    From Day Till Dawn - 5:21  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
j. 206    Down the Stretch - 3:15  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
k. 301    Check out Time - 5:50  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
l. 303    Sky High (Say That to Say This) - 3:53  (Lucky Thompson)
m. 401    Could I Meet You Later? - 4:33  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
n. 402   inc Last Night I Met an Angel (Warm Inside) - 4:15  (Lucky Thompson)
o. 404    Notorious Love - 3:46  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
p. 405    Minuet in Blues - 6:27  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
q. 406    The Fire Bug - 3:50  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
r. 408    Two Steps Out (Choose Your Own, Two Stops Out) - 4:13  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
s. 410    Another Whirl - 2:55  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
t.     Mr. Care Free - 2:35  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
All titles unissued.

Christian Bellest (t) on a, c, e-f, h-k, m, o-t; Nat Peck (tb) on a, c, e-f, h-k, m, o-t; Lucky Thompson (ss) on a, d, g, i, o-p, r; (ts) on a-c, e-f, h, j-n, q, s-t; Jo Hrasko (as) on a, c, e-f, h-k, m, o-t; William Boucaya (bar) on a, c, e-f, h-k, m, o-t; Carlos 'Charlie' Diernhammer (p) on a-k, m-t.

This concert was part of a series of radio and TV broadcasts produced by Hans Gertberg. The information, including Thompson's actual song titles for tracks b, d, g, l, n and r, comes from the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) archives. Timings do not include applause. Track n is incomplete with a drop out occurring during the piano solo.

Tracks b and n: tenor sax, piano, bass, drums only.
Tracks d and g: soprano sax, piano, bass, drums only.
Track l: tenor sax, bass, drums only.

Soloists:
Track a - Diernhammer, Thompson (ss), Humair
Track b - Humair (4-bar breaks), Thompson (ts), Diernhammer, Humair (4-bar breaks)
Track c - Diernhammer, Boucaya, Peck, Hrasko, Humair, Thompson (ts)
Track d - Thompson (ss), Diernhammer
Track e - Humair (intro), Diernhammer, Thompson (ts), Humair
Track f - Thompson (ts)
Track g - Trunk, Thompson (ss), Diernhammer
Track h - Trunk, Diernhammer, Thompson (ts), Humair
Track i - Thompson (ss), Diernhammer (rubato), Thompson (ss)
Track j - Diernhammer, Thompson (ts), Humair
Track k - Trunk, Boucaya, Peck, Hrasko, Humair, Thompson (ts)
Track l - Thompson (ts), Humair, Thompson (ts)/Humair (8- and 4-bar exchanges)
Track m - Thompson (ts), Diernhammer
Track n - Diernhammer (intro), Thompson (ts), Diernhammer
Track o - Thompson (ss)
Track p - Humair, Trunk, Diernhammer, Thompson (ss), Diernhammer (rubato)
Track q - Thompson (ts), Diernhammer, Humair
Track r - Thompson (ss)
Track s - Thompson (ts), Humair
Track t - not auditioned


Date: May 29, 1961
Location: Berlin, Germany
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson and Billy Byers in concert

Billy Byers (tb), Lucky Thompson (ts), Jacques Diéval (p), Jacques Hess (b), Franco Manzecchi (d)

a.     Steeplechase - 3:36  (Charlie Parker)
b.     Unknown Title - 4:18
c.     Move - 4:12  (Denzil Best)
All titles unissued.

These tracks are from Musique aux Champs-Elysées radio broadcasts that can be downloaded at the INA website. The timings do not include announcements and applause. The recording date comes from the INA archives. The broadcast date is June 1, 1961. Track b is a blues whose title is not announced and which is unfamiliar to me. Thompson and Byers solo on all tracks.


Date: July 1961
Location: Grona Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Trio in Stockholm

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Georg Riedel (b), Egil Johansen (d)

a.     Have You Met Miss Jones?  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b.     Lover Man  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
c.     The World Awakes  (Lucky Thompson)
d.     Everything Happens to Me  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-c; (ts) on d.

This is a live performance of Lucky Thompson with bassist and drummer from the Arne Domnerus Orchestra, broadcast on Swedish Radio. This recording is part of the Timme Rosenkrantz collection stored at Syddansk Universitet (University of Southern Denmark) in Odense. The information was provided by Frank Buchmann-Møller and Hans Jensen. The tracks have not been auditioned.


Date: August 1, 1961
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Label: Metronome (Swd.)
Harry Arnold Big Band: Guest Book

Harry Arnold (ldr), Benny Bailey, Sixten Eriksson, Gösta Nilsson, Weine Renliden, Bengt-Arne Wallin (t), Göran Ohlsson, Åke Persson, Andreas Skjöld, Georg Vernon (tb), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Rolf Bäckman, Arne Domnérus (as), Bertil Löfdahl, Bjarne Nerem (ts), Rune Falk (bar), Jan Johansson (p), Georg Riedel (b), William Schiøpffe (d), Harry Arnold (con)

a. MR2012    I Remember You - 3:23  (Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer, Mark Fisher) / arr: Georg Riedel
b. MR2013    Image - 3:32  (Benny Bailey) / arr: Georg Riedel
     Metronome (Swd.) LP 12": BP 7763 — The Midnight Sun Never Sets   
     Metronome/WEA (Ger.) CD: 9031 77572-2 — The Legendary Years, Vol. 1   (1992)
     Metronome/WEA (Fr.) CD: WE 833 — The Legendary Years, Vol. 1   
c. MR2014    On Easy Street - 3:00  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Georg Riedel
     Metronome (Swd.) LP 12": BP 7763 — The Midnight Sun Never Sets   
     Metronome/WEA (Ger.) CD: 9031 77572-2 — The Legendary Years, Vol. 1   (1992)
     Metronome/WEA (Fr.) CD: WE 833 — The Legendary Years, Vol. 1   
d. MR2015    Frosty Summer - 4:17  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Georg Riedel
     Metronome (Swd.) LP 12": BP 7763 — The Midnight Sun Never Sets   
     Metronome/WEA (Ger.) CD: 9031 77572-2 — The Legendary Years, Vol. 1   (1992)
     Metronome/WEA (Fr.) CD: WE 833 — The Legendary Years, Vol. 1   
 
All titles on:      Jazzland LP 12": JLP 65/JSP 965 — Harry Arnold's Great Big Band and Friends   (1962)
     Metronome (Swd.) LP 12": MLP 15081 — Harry Arnold Orchestra - Guest Book   
     Columbia (Eng.) LP 12": 33CX 1596 — Harry Arnold Orchestra - Guest Book   
     Lone Hill (Sp.) CD: LHJ10139 — The Music of Quincy Jones As Played By Nat Adderley, Benny Bailey, Åke Persson, Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Thompson and the Quincetet   (2004)
     Documents (Ger.) CD: 600064 — Quincy Jones: Q-Jazz - More Than 100 Legendary Recordings, 1956-1960   (2013)

Sixten Eriksson (t) on a-c; Gösta Nilsson (t) on a-b, d; Lucky Thompson (ss) on d; (ts) on c.

Lucky Thompson solos on tracks c and d. Benny Bailey is featured on tracks a and b.


Date: February 25, 1962
Location: Rome, Italy
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quintet in Rome

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), unknown (g, p, b, d)

a.     The World Awakes - 4:54  (Lucky Thompson)
b.     Lover Man - 4:37  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
c.     Cherokee - 4:05  (Ray Noble)
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-b; (ts) on c.

These performances were broadcast on RAI radio. The date shown may actually be the broadcast date and not the recording date. The members of the rhythm section are not identified however Patrick Manzecchi suggests that his father, Franco Manzecchi was the drummer and the pianist was Jack Diéval since these European musicians had been touring with Lucky Thompson during this period.


Date: March 1962
Location: Oslo, Norway
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet in Oslo

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss), Einar Iversen (p), Erik Amundsen (b), Ole Jacob Hansen (d)

a.     Mean to Me - 4:24  (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk)
b.     You Go to My Head - 6:19  (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
c.     The World Awakes - 6:16  (Lucky Thompson)
d.     Have You Met Miss Jones?  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
All titles unissued.

The information on this radio broadcast comes from discographer Bob Weir. Track d has not been auditioned.


Date: April 1962
Location: Koncertsalen, Radiohuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet in Copenhagen

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Bent Axen (p), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (b), William Schiøpffe (d)

a.     Star Eyes  (Gene DePaul, Don Raye)
b.     You Don't Know What Love Is  (Gene DePaul, Don Raye)
c.     The World Awakes  (Lucky Thompson)
d.     Everything Happens to Me  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
e.     Cherokee  (Ray Noble)
All titles unissued.

The information on this radio broadcast comes from Danish Radio via Hans Jensen. The tracks have not been auditioned.


Date: May 31, 1962
Location: Grosser Saal des Volksbildungsheims, Frankfurt, Germany
Label: NDR (Ger.)
NDR Jazz Workshop No. 25

Rob Pronk, Jerry van Rooyen (t), Nat Peck (tb), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Klaus Doldinger, Hans Koller (ts), Ronnie Ross (bar), Rolf Kühn (cl), Attila Zoller (g), Rob Madna (p), Ingfried Hoffmann (or), Ruud Jacobs (b), Cees See (d)

a. 101    Snooky - 4:21  (Jerry Van Rooyen)
b. 103    Playing Together - 3:30  (Ingfried Hoffmann)
c. 104    Shiny Stockings - 4:55  (Frank Foster, Ella Fitzgerald)
d. 105    Good Deal - 3:30  (Jerry Van Rooyen)
e. 107    Seven - 3:55  (Klaus Doldinger)
f. 108    Django - 5:10  (John Lewis)
g. 110    The Birth of Sunday - 6:35  (Lucky Thompson)
h. 111    The Green Man - 3:55  (Lucky Thompson)
i. 202    Ronnie's Fun - 6:55  (Hans Koller)
j. 203    Smiling Jack - 4:41  (Ronnie Ross)
k. 205    John Paul Jones (Vierd Blues, Trane's Blues) - 7:05  (John Coltrane)
l. 206    Dig - 5:15  (Miles Davis)
m. 302    Big Chief - 3:55  (Jerry Van Rooyen)
n. 303    Don't Forget Him, Oscar - 4:30  (Hans Koller)
o. 305    Our Delight - 4:50  (Tadd Dameron)
p. 306    Racy - 6:50  (Hans Koller)
q. 307    Call Me Eric - 6:10  (Hans Koller)
r. 402    Desperation - 2:45  (Jimmy Deuchar)
s. 403    'Twas Yesterdays (It Was Yesterdays) - 5:35  (Lucky Thompson)
t. 404    The Country Squire - 4:35  (Ronnie Ross)
u. 502    Made in France - 5:45  (Jerry Van Rooyen)
v. 503    Blue Note Blues - 6:15  (Klaus Doldinger)
w. 504    Bebop - 6:15  (Dizzy Gillespie)
x. 505    The Night That - 4:00  (Rob Pronk)
y. 507    Taps Miller - 5:35  (Count Basie, Sidney Keith 'Bob' Russell)
z. 508    Blues for Twelve - 7:00  (Jerry Van Rooyen)
aa. 509    Snooky - 3:50  (Jerry Van Rooyen)
All titles unissued.

Rob Pronk (t) on a-b, d, g-h, j, m, p-r, u, x, z-aa; Jerry van Rooyen (t) on a-b, d, g-h, j, m, p, r, u, x, z-aa; Nat Peck (tb) on a-b, d, g-h, j, m, p, r, u, x, z-aa; Lucky Thompson (ss) on g-h; (ts) on a-b, d-e, h, j, m, p, r-s, u, x-aa; Klaus Doldinger (ts) on a-b, d-e, g-h, j, m, p, r, u-aa; Hans Koller (ts) on a-b, d-e, g-j, m-n, p-r, t-u, x-aa; Ronnie Ross (bar) on a-b, d-e, g-j, m, p, r, t-u, x-aa; Rolf Kühn (cl) on k-l; Attila Zoller (g) on a, f-g, i, m, p-r, x, z-aa; Rob Madna (p) on a, c-e, g-j, m, o-s, u, x-aa; Ingfried Hoffmann (or) on a-b, k-n, r, t, v-w.

This concert was part of a series of radio and TV broadcasts produced by Hans Gertberg. The information comes from the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) archives.

Lucky Thompson is featured on tracks g, h and s.

Tracks c and o: piano, bass, drums only.
Track f: guitar, bass, drums only.
Tracks k and l: clarinet, organ, bass, drums only.
Track n: tenor sax (Koller), organ, bass, drums only.
Track s: tenor sax (Thompson), piano, bass, drums only.
Track t: tenor sax (Koller), baritone sax, organ, bass, drums only.
Tracks v and w: tenor sax (Doldinger), organ, bass, drums only.


Date: Summer 1962
Location: Molde International Jazz Festival, Molde, Norway
Label: [television broadcast]
Lucky Thompson and Idrees Sulieman Live in Molde

Idrees Sulieman, Lucky Thompson (ldr), Idrees Sulieman (t), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Einar Iversen (p), Erik Amundsen (b), Ole Jacob Hansen (d)

a.     Wee (Allen's Alley) - 4:33  (Denzil Best)
b.     I Remember Clifford - 3:17  (Benny Golson)
c.     Lester Leaps In - 3:27  (Lester Young)
d.     Speak Low - 6:17  (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash)
e.     I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good - 3:33  (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster)
All titles unissued.

Idrees Sulieman (ldr) on a-b; (t) on a-b; Lucky Thompson (ldr) on c-e; (ss) on d-e; (ts) on c; Einar Iversen (p) on a-c, e.

The personnel of the accompanying trio are not confirmed. This is a live performance that was apparently filmed for TV. See Jazz On the Screen.

The source who provided track e indicates it was recorded at Molde in 1964. But this seems unlikely since there is no documentation of Lucky Thompson being in Europe that year. The sound quality of this track is much different from the others. Tracks b, c and e are incomplete. Track d is performed by Thompson with only bass and drums and is probably the version of "Speak Low" listed in the Bruyninckx discography as having been recorded in Oslo in 1960.


Sometime probably in 1962, Lucky Thompson was involved with a Danish movie entitled "Frøken April" ("Miss April") directed by Finn Henriksen. The film had its premier on August 8, 1963. The music was composed by Ib Glindemann, a well-known Danish bandleader and Thompson may have had a hand in the arrangements. He appears very briefly in the background of a scene taking place in a club, playing soprano saxophone with a group. No further details regarding the sound track recording have been found. Many thanks to Hans Jensen for bringing this to my attention.


Date: March 8, 1963
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Moodsville
Lucky Thompson Quartet: Plays Jerome Kern and No More

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Hank Jones (p), Wendell Marshall (b), Dave Bailey (d)

a. 3759    They Didn't Believe Me - 5:03  (Jerome Kern, Anne Caldwell)
     Prestige CD: PRCD-24202-2 — Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern - Yesterdays   (1998)
b. 3760    Long Ago and Far Away - 4:01  (Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin)
c. 3761    Who? - 2:44  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach)
     Moodsville 45: 45-261   
d. 3762    Why Do I Love You? - 3:09  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
e. 3763    Lovely to Look At - 2:59  (Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
     Moodsville 45: 45-261   
f. 3764    Dearly Beloved - 3:32  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
g. 3765    Look For the Silver Lining - 2:56  (Jerome Kern, Buddy DeSylva)
h. 3766    Why Was I Born? - 3:50  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
i. 3767    No More - 5:29  (Lucky Thompson)
 
All titles on:      Moodsville LP 12": MVLP/MVST 39 — Lucky Thompson Plays Jerome Kern and No More   (1963)
     Prestige CD: PRCD-24144-2 — Happy Days   (1994)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on e-h; (ts) on a-d, i.


Date: February 28, 1964
Location: The Little Theater, New York City
Label: [private recording]
Lucky Thompson Octet Live in New York City

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Dave Burns (t), Benny Powell (tb), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Danny Turner (as), Cecil Payne (bar), Hank Jones (p), Richard Davis (b), Al Dreares (d)

a.     Theme - 1:25  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
b.     The World Awakes - 9:53  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     Minuet in Blues - 8:21  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
d.     'Twas Yesterdays (It Was Yesterdays) - 5:57  (Lucky Thompson)
e.     The Fire Bug - 12:20  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
f.     Theme - 1:55  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
 
All titles on:      Uptown CD: UPCD 27.57/27.58 — Lucky Thompson: New York City, 1964-65   (2009)

Dave Burns (t) on a, c, e-f; Benny Powell (tb) on a, c, e-f; Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-c, f; (ts) on d-e; Danny Turner (as) on a, c, e-f; Cecil Payne (bar) on a, c, e-f; Hank Jones (p) on b-e.

Tracks b and d are quartet performances with Thompson and the rhythm section. This concert was part of the "Jazz On Broadway" series produced by Dan Morgenstern and David Himmelstein. These tracks are found on disc 1 (UPCD 27.57) of the 2 CD Uptown set.

Soloists:
Track a - none
Track b - Thompson (ss), Jones, Davis (walking), Thompson/Dreares (4-bar exchanges)
Track c - Davis, Jones, Thompson (ss), Jones (rubato)
Track d - Thompson (ts), Jones
Track e - Jones, Payne, Powell, Burns, Thompson (ts), Dreares
Track f - none


Date: September 1964
Location: WOR Studios, New York City
Jackie Cain & Roy Kral Big Band Session

Jackie Cain, Roy Kral (ldr), Joe Newman (t), Lucky Thompson (ts), Roy Kral (p, v), Bill Crow (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Jackie Cain (v), Others Unknown (var)

a.     Unknown Titles
unissued

The information on this big band session comes from bassist Bill Crow who indicates nothing was ever issued from it. The other members of the orchestra remain unidentified. Neither Crow nor Jackie Cain could provide any further information. See Bill Crow's Website.


Date: September 15, 1964
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Prestige
Lucky Thompson Quartet: Lucky Strikes

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Hank Jones (p), Richard Davis (b), Connie Kay (d)

a.     In a Sentimental Mood - 5:52  (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Manny Kurtz)
b.     Fly with the Wind - 4:04  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     Mid Nite Oil - 5:11  (Lucky Thompson)
d.     Reminiscent - 4:07  (Lucky Thompson)
e.     Mumba Neua - 4:51  (Lucky Thompson)
f.     I Forgot to Remember - 6:40  (Lucky Thompson)
g.     Prey Loot - 4:08  (Lucky Thompson)
h.     Invitation - 4:55  (Bronislau Kaper, Paul Francis Webster, Mark Fisher)
 
All titles on:      Prestige LP 12": PRLP/PRST 7365 — Lucky Strikes   (1965)
     Prestige LP 12": OJC-194 — Lucky Strikes   (1985)
     Prestige CD: OJCCD-194-2 — Lucky Strikes   (1991)
     Prestige/Victor (Jpn.) CD: VICJ 23744 — Lucky Strikes   (1992)
     Prestige/Universal (Jpn.) CD: UCCO 9432 — Lucky Strikes   (2008)
     Prestige/Universal (Jpn.) CD: UCCO 90259 — Lucky Strikes   (2014)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a, c, e, g; (ts) on b, d, f, h.


Date: October 9, 1964
Location: New York City
Label: Fontana (Eng.)
Johnny Dankworth Big Band: The Zodiac Variations

Johnny Dankworth (ldr), Greg Bowen (t, fh), Leon Calvert, Gus Galbraith (t), Kenny Wheeler (t, th), John Marshall, Tony Russell, Chris Smith (tb), Ron Snyder (tu), Paul Carroll (as, bar, cl), Johnny Dankworth (as, cl, con), Al Newman (as), Vic Ash (ts, cl), Art Ellefson (ts, bcl), Lucky Thompson (ts), Alan Branscombe (vib, p), Kenny Napper (b), Johnny Butts (d)

a. 2-35343    Gemini - 2:57  (Johnny Dankworth) / arr: Johnny Dankworth
     Fontana LP 12": MGF 27543/SRF 67543 — The Zodiac Variations   (1966)
     Fontana (Eng.) LP 12": TFL 5229 — The Zodiac Variations   
     Sepia (Eng.) LP 12": RSR 2011 — The Zodiac Variations   
     Fontana (Du.) LP 12": 687 335TL — The Zodiac Variations   

This track is part of Dankworth's "Zodiac Variations Suite" and is the only one on which Lucky Thompson performs (as a guest soloist). Dankworth describes this as based on a Mixolydian mode in the key of Ab.


Date: December 20, 1964
Location: New York City
Label: Limelight
Quincy Jones Big Band: I/We Had a Ball

Quincy Jones (ldr), Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Maxwell, Joe Newman, Jimmy Nottingham (t), Nat Adderley (c), Curtis Fuller, J. J. Johnson, Melba Liston, Kai Winding (tb), Jerry Dodgion, Phil Woods (as), James Moody (as, ts, f), Rahsaan Roland Kirk (mnz, ts), Benny Golson, Lucky Thompson (ts), Pepper Adams (bar), Milt Jackson (vib), Bobby Scott (p), Bob Cranshaw (b), Art Blakey (d), Quincy Jones (con)

a. 2-34247    I Had a Ball - 5:04  (Jack Lawrence, Stan Freeman) / arr: Billy Byers
     Mercury LP 12": SRM2 623 — Ndeda   (1972)
     Philips Time (Eng.) LP 12": 7 — We Had a Ball   
     Philips (Eng.) LP 12": SON 033 — We Had a Ball   
     Mercury (Du.) CD: 846 630-2 — Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk   (1990)
     Razor & Tie CD: RE 2088 — Pure Delight: The Essence of Quincy Jones and His Orchestra (1953-1964)   (1995)
b. 1-34248    Almost - 4:18  (Jack Lawrence, Stan Freeman) / arr: Benny Golson
c. 1-34249    Addie's at It Again - 5:05  (Jack Lawrence, Stan Freeman) / arr: Benny Golson
     Mercury (Du.) CD: 846 630-2 — Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk   (1990)
 
All titles on:      Limelight LP 12": LM 82002/LS 86002 — I/We Had a Ball   
     Phonogram (Jpn.) LP 12": 15PJ-23 — I/We Had a Ball   
     Mercury LP 12": MG 21022 — I/We Had a Ball   
     Mercury (Eng.) LP 12": SMWL 21022 — I/We Had a Ball   
     Mercury (Du.) LP 12": 134 587MFY — I/We Had a Ball   
     Mosaic CD: MD5-237 — The Quincy Jones ABC/Mercury Big Band Sessions   (2007)
     Verve CD: B0010280-02 — Quincy Jones: The ABC/Mercury Jazz Big Band Sessions   (2011)

Lucky Thompson does not solo on any of the tracks. The soloists:
Track a: Gillespie, Jackson, Moody, Kirk, Blakey
Track b: Moody, Fuller, Jackson, Gillespie
Track c: Kirk, Fuller, Jackson, Gillespie, Moody


Date: ca. 1965
Location: Jaysina Studios, 143 W. 51st St., New York City
Label: Rivoli
Lucky Thompson Quartet: Lucky Is Back!/Kinfolk's Corner

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Tommy Flanagan (p, cel), Willie Ruff (b), Walter Perkins (d)

a.     Love - 5:13  (Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane)
     Rivoli LP 12": LPR 40/S 40 — Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love)   (1965)
b.     Evil Eva - 4:45  (Lucky Thompson)
     Rivoli LP 12": LPR 40/S 40 — Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love)   (1965)
c.     Passionately Yours - 5:19  (Lucky Thompson)
     Rivoli LP 12": LPR 40/S 40 — Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love)   (1965)
d.     Slow Dough - 5:00  (Lucky Thompson)
     Rivoli LP 12": LPR 40/S 40 — Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love)   (1965)
e.     I'll Be Around - 2:46  (Alec Wilder)
     Rivoli LP 12": LPR 44/S 44 — Kinfolk's Corner: Lucky Thompson and Friends   (1965)
f.     Willow Weep for Me - 7:37  (Ann Ronell)
     Rivoli LP 12": LPR 40/S 40 — Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love)   (1965)
g.     Caressable - 3:14  (Lucky Thompson)
     Rivoli LP 12": LPR 44/S 44 — Kinfolk's Corner: Lucky Thompson and Friends   (1965)
h.     On Tippy Top - 4:21  (Lucky Thompson)
     Rivoli LP 12": LPR 40/S 40 — Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love)   (1965)
i.     My Old Flame - 6:26  (Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston)
     Rivoli LP 12": LPR 40/S 40 — Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love)   (1965)
 
All titles on:      Fresh Sound (Sp.) CD: FSR-CD 199 — Lucky Meets Tommy and Friends   (1992)
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) CD: FSR-CD 455 — Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love)   (2007)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b, d, f, i; (ts) on a, c, e, g-h; Tommy Flanagan (cel) on c, f.

The Fresh Sound CD reissues give the wrong track timing for track h.


Date: ca. 1965
Location: Jaysina Studios, 143 W. 51st St., New York City
Label: Rivoli
Lucky Thompson Quartet: Kinfolk's Corner

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss), Tommy Flanagan (p), Willie Ruff (b), Oliver Jackson (d)

a.     Anthropology - 6:00  (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie)
b.     Star Eyes - 3:01  (Gene DePaul, Don Raye)
c.     You Stepped out of a Dream - 2:41  (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn)
d.     Open Haus - 2:47  (Lucky Thompson)
 
All titles on:      Rivoli LP 12": LPR 44/S 44 — Kinfolk's Corner: Lucky Thompson and Friends   (1965)
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) CD: FSR-CD 199 — Lucky Meets Tommy and Friends   (1992)
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) CD: FSR-CD 455 — Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love)   (2007)

The Fresh Sound CD reissues incorrectly indicate Thompson as playing tenor saxophone on track b and list the wrong track timing for track c.


Date: ca. 1965
Location: Jaysina Studios, New York City
Label: Rivoli
Lucky Thompson Quintet: Kinfolk's Corner

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Wally Richardson (g), Frank Anderson (or), Willie Ruff (b), Oliver Jackson (d)

a.     Poor Butterfly - 2:32  (Raymond Hubbell, John Golden)
b.     Who Can I Turn To? - 2:55  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
c.     Kinfolk's Corner - 5:42  (Lucky Thompson)
 
All titles on:      Rivoli LP 12": LPR 44/S 44 — Kinfolk's Corner: Lucky Thompson and Friends   (1965)
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) CD: FSR-CD 199 — Lucky Meets Tommy and Friends   (1992)
     Fresh Sound (Sp.) CD: FSR-CD 455 — Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love)   (2007)

The Fresh Sound CD reissues incorrectly indicate Thompson as playing soprano saxophone on track c. He plays tenor on all 3 tracks.


Date: February 16, 1965
Location: RLA Sound, New York City
Label: Prestige
Lucky Thompson Quartet: Plays Happy Days Are Here Again

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Jack Melady (hrp), Tommy Flanagan (p), George Tucker (b), Walter Perkins (d)

a.     Happy Days Are Here Again - 5:25  (Jack Yellen, Milton Ager)
     Prestige 45: 45-361   
b.     Safari - 6:09  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     Cry Me a River - 4:59  (Arthur Hamilton)
     Prestige 45: 45-361   
d.     You Don't Know What Love Is - 5:27  (Gene DePaul, Don Raye)
e.     People - 4:40  (Jule Styne, Bob Merrill)
f.     As Time Goes By - 5:20  (Herman Hupfeld)
 
All titles on:      Prestige LP 12": PRLP/PRST 7394 — Lucky Thompson Plays Happy Days Are Here Again   (1965)
     Transatlantic (Eng.) LP 12": PR 7394 — Lucky Thompson Plays Happy Days Are Here Again   
     Prestige CD: PRCD-24144-2 — Happy Days   (1994)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b, d, f; (ts) on a, c, e; Jack Melady (hrp) on b, d.


Date: February 19, 1965
Location: Half Note, New York City
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in New York City

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Paul Neves (p), George Tucker (b), Oliver Jackson (d)

a.     The World Awakes - 9:45  (Lucky Thompson)
b.     What's New? - 6:50  (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke)
c.     Lady Bird - 14:36  (Tadd Dameron)
d.    inc Strike up the Band - 10:22  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
 
All titles on:      Uptown CD: UPCD 27.57/27.58 — Lucky Thompson: New York City, 1964-65   (2009)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-b, d; (ts) on c-d.

This is a set from Alan Grant's Portraits In Jazz series on WABC-FM. Grant is the announcer. These tracks are found on disc 2 (UPCD 27.58) of the 2 CD Uptown set.


Date: April 15, 1965
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Glad Hamp
Lionel Hampton Nonet: Midnight Blues

Lionel Hampton (ldr), Thad Jones, Clark Terry (t), J. J. Johnson (tb), Lucky Thompson (ss), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Lionel Hampton (vib), Hank Jones (p), Arvell Shaw (b), Osie Johnson (d)

a.     Stardust - 9:22  (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) / arr: Thad Jones
     Toledo (Ger.) LP 12": 147517 — Lionel Hampton Presents Who Is Who In Jazz, Vol. 3   (1980)
     RVC/Baystate (Jpn.) LP 12": RJL 2018 — Legends of Music: Lionel Hampton   
     Who's Who In Jazz (Ger.) LP 12": WWINT 197 — Lionel Hampton All Stars   
     Telarc CD: 83318 — Lionel Hampton & Friends: Rare Recordings, Vol. 1   (1992)
     Quality CD: 6726 — Masters of the Saxophone, Vol. 1   
b.     Midnight Blue - 3:44  (Lionel Hampton) / arr: Thad Jones
     Toledo (Ger.) LP 12": 147517 — Lionel Hampton Presents Who Is Who In Jazz, Vol. 3   (1980)
     Who's Who In Jazz (Ger.) LP 12": WWINT 197 — Lionel Hampton All Stars   
     Glad Hamp LP 12": GHS 1027 — Midnight Blues   
     Telarc CD: 83321 — Vintage Hampton: Rare Recordings of Lionel Hampton with All-Star Guests   (1993)
     Stardust/Cleopatra Digital Download: — The Very Best of Lionel Hampton   (2008)
     Ba-Ba Music Digital Download: — 30th & Hampton   (2010)
c.     As Long as We're Here - 10:02  (Lionel Hampton) / arr: Thad Jones
     Telarc CD: 83321 — Vintage Hampton: Rare Recordings of Lionel Hampton with All-Star Guests   (1993)
     Ba-Ba Music Digital Download: — 30th & Hampton   (2010)
     J2 Global Digital Download: — The Gold Standard Series: Jazz, Big Band & Swing Classics, Vol. 1 - Lionel Hampton   (2010)
 
All titles on:      Who's Who In Jazz LP 12": WWLP 21010 — Lionel Hampton Presents All Stars, Vol. 1   (1977)
     Gateway LP 12": GSLP 10113 — Jazz Greats, Volume 3   (1978)
     Tobacco Road (Ger.) LP 12": B/2671 — American Jazz & Blues History, Vol. 171: Clark Terry - Midnight Blue   
     CDI (It.) LP 12": CALP 2047 — Lionel Hampton   
     Philips (Fr.) LP 12": 9123605 — Lionel Hampton Jazz All Stars   
     RVC/Baystate (Jpn.) LP 12": RJL 2650 — Lionel Hampton Jazz All Stars   
     West Wind (Ger.) CD: 2034 — Coleman Hawkins - The Tenor Genius   (1990)
     Starburst (Eng.) CD: 1034 — Exposition   (2001)
     Meteor (Eng.) CD: CDMT 036 — Midnight Blues   (2002)
     Jazz Time CD: 9404 — Lionel Hampton & Friends: Stardust   
     Cotton Fields (Austria) CD: 202.4049-2 — Midnight Blues   
     Suite 102 Digital Download: — Lionel Hampton   (2010)
     Start Entertainment Digital Download: — Stardust   (2011)
     Dance Plant Records (Can.) Digital Download: — Hello Dolly   (2012)

The recording date is not confirmed, nor is it absolutely sure that all three tracks were recorded at the same session. Some sources say these tracks were recorded in New York City. The liner notes to West Wind CD 2034 claim these tracks were recorded at the Cannes Festival in 1977 which seems highly unlikely.

Lucky Thompson solos on tracks a and c.

According to the BMI registry, the correct title of track b is "Midnight Blue" although most issues refer to it as "Midnight Blues." The song is not a blues and has a 32-bar form.

It is possible that all issued versions of tracks a and b are edited. The timings shown are taken from the Telarc CD reissues and are the longest. Lucky Thompson's soprano saxophone solo on the 9:22 edit comprises the second 16 bars of Stardust and Clark Terry's solo (following Thompson) on this edit is a full 32-bar chorus. Other issues contain an edit with timings of 8:22-8:30. On this, Thompson's solo is 16 bars but now the 1st 16 bars of the Stardust chord structure and Clark Terry's solo is only 16 bars and the 2nd half of the song form. Similarly, there exists a shorter (2:02-2:09) edit of track b in which the contributions of both Coleman Hawkins and Lionel Hampton have been abbreviated.


Date: April 21, 1965
Location: New York City
Label: Limelight
Art Blakey Quartet: Soul Finger

Art Blakey (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss), John Hicks (p), Victor Sproles (b), Art Blakey (d)

a. 2-31781    Spot Session - 7:24  (Lucky Thompson)
     Limelight LP 12": LM 82018/LS 86018 — Soul Finger   (1965)
     Limelight (Eng.) LP 12": LM 4012 — Soul Finger   
     Limelight (Jpn.) LP 12": SFX 7334 — Soul Finger   
     Trip LP 12": TLP 5583 — Soul Finger   
     Mercury (Du.) LP 12": 210 017ML/220 017MY — Soul Finger   
     Verve CD: 314 516 107-2 — Compact Jazz: Art Blakey   (1993)
     Universal (Jpn.) CD: UCCM 9128 — Soul Finger   (2002)
     Verve CD: B0012555-02 — Soul Finger   (2009)
     Universal (Jpn.) CD: UCCU 9733 — Soul Finger   (2013)
     Unique Jazz Digital Download: — Soul Finger   (2010)
b. 2-31782    Midtown Strut  (composer unknown)
     unissued

Date: Fall 1965
Location: New York City
Label: Reprise
Movie Soundtrack: A Man Called Adam

Benny Carter (ldr), Nat Adderley (c), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Lucky Thompson (ts), Junior Mance (p), Aaron Bell (b), Herb Lovelle (d)

a.     Ain't I - 3:13  (Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter
     Reprise LP 12": R/RS 6180 — A Man Called Adam   (1966)
     Reprise (Fr.) LP 12": CVR 6058 — A Man Called Adam   
     RCA Victor (Jpn.) LP 12": SMJ 7443 — A Man Called Adam   
     Polygram Video (Eng.) Videotape (VHS): 083 564-3 — A Man Called Adam   
     Retrograde CD: FSM 80126-2 — A Man Called Adam   (2007)

Lucky Thompson does not solo on this track.


Date: December 19, 1965
Location: Left Bank Jazz Society Concert, Famous Ballroom, Baltimore, MD
Label: [private recording]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Baltimore

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Bob Cranshaw (b), Walter Perkins (d)

a.     Unknown Titles
unissued

This is one of many concerts sponsored by the Left Bank Jazz Society and recorded. It is not known if the recording has survived. The information comes from saxophonist Ellery Eskelin.


Date: April 24, 1966
Location: Left Bank Jazz Society Concert, Madison Club, Baltimore, MD
Label: [private recording]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Baltimore

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Hugh Lawson (p), Ahmed Abdul Malik (b), Walter Perkins (d)

a.     Unknown Titles
unissued

This is one of many concerts sponsored by the Left Bank Jazz Society and recorded. It is not known if the recording has survived. The information comes from saxophonist Ellery Eskelin.


Date: January 22, 1968
Location: New York City
Label: Decca

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Others Unknown (var)

a. 119797    Soul on Soul  (composer unknown)
b. 119798    Blue Monday  (Lucky Thompson)
Both titles unissued.

The personnel accompanying Thompson on this quintet session are unknown according to Michel Ruppli's Decca Label Discography from which the information comes.


Date: July 5, 1968
Location: Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Kongsberg, Norway
Label: [private recording]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Kongsberg

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ts), Roy Hellvin (p), Arild Andersen (b), Svein Christiansen (d)

a.     Cherokee - 10:40  (Ray Noble)
b.     Lester Leaps In  (Lester Young)
Both titles unissued.

Discographer Bob Weir indicates that this recording includes a short statement by Lucky Thompson. Track b has not been auditioned.


Date: July 10, 1968
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Stockholm

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Jan Johansson (p), Roman Dylag (b), Bo Skoglund (d)

a.     Prey Loot - 4:25  (Lucky Thompson)
b.     I Remember When (Love and Respect) - 6:39  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     Blue Monday - 8:23  (Lucky Thompson)
d.     Strike up the Band - 5:45  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-c; (ts) on d.

This session was first broadcast on Swedish Radio on Sept. 4, 1968. The information comes from Anders Bergon via Hans Jensen. The tracks have not been auditioned.


Date: July 12, 1968
Location: YLE Radio, Karhulinna Hall, Pori Jazz, Pori, Finland
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Pori

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Andrzej Trzaskowski (p), Roman Dylag (b), Jon Christensen (d)

a.     The World Awakes  (Lucky Thompson)
b.     Yesterdays  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
c.     Walkin' (Gravy)  (Jimmy Mundy, Richard Carpenter)
d.     Cherokee  (Ray Noble)
All titles unissued.

The information on this radio broadcast comes from discographer Bob Weir. It has not been auditioned.


Date: July 13, 1968
Location: YLE Radio, Kirjurinluoto, Pori Jazz, Pori, Finland
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Pori

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Andrzej Trzaskowski (p), Roman Dylag (b), Jon Christensen (d)

a.     The World Awakes  (Lucky Thompson)
b.     Yesterdays  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
c.     Walkin' (Gravy)  (Jimmy Mundy, Richard Carpenter)
d.     Cherokee  (Ray Noble)
All titles unissued.

The information on this radio broadcast comes from discographer Bob Weir. The tracks have not been auditioned.


Date: August 10, 1968
Location: Week End Jazz, Radiohuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet in Copenhagen

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Kenny Drew (p), Red Mitchell (b), Albert 'Tootie' Heath (d)

a.     The World Awakes - 6:37  (Lucky Thompson)
b.     Strike up the Band - 5:22  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
Both titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a; (ts) on b.

The information on this radio broadcast comes from Danish Radio via Hans Jensen.


Lucky Thompson performed on a Radio Denmark broadcast from August/September 1968 with the Danish Radio Big Band. Other featured artists are Erik Moseholm, Allan Botschinsky, Ole Kock Hansen and Ole Molin. Titles listed are "Blue Laze" (possibly Miles Davis's "Blue Haze"), "See Esther" (probably Thompson's "Sea Esther"), "On Green Dolphin Street," "Frosty Sound" (probably Thompson's "Frosty Summer") and "The Green Man." The recording is stored at the Syddansk University Library. Details are awaited. Many thanks to Hans Henning Jensen for this information.


Date: September 11, 1968
Location: Johnnie's, Lausanne, Switzerland
Label: [private recording]
Milt Buckner Live in Switzerland with Buddy Tate and Lucky Thompson

Milt Buckner (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss), Buddy Tate (ts), Milt Buckner (or), Wallace Bishop (d)

a.     Stompin' at the Savoy - 12:55  (Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Chick Webb)
b.     You've Changed - 6:55  (Carl Fischer, Bill Carey)
c.     Satin Doll - 11:38  (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer)
     Nagel Heyer Digital Download: — Star Chaser   (2014)
d.     Yesterdays - 7:43  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
     Nagel Heyer Digital Download: — Star Chaser   (2014)
e.     One O'Clock Jump - 9:21  (Count Basie)
     Nagel Heyer Digital Download: — Star Chaser   (2014)
 
All titles on:      Jazz Helvet (Swi.) CD: JH 03 — Live In Switzerland, 1968-1969   (1990)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on c-e; Buddy Tate (ts) on a-b, e.

This CD was issued under Lucky Thompson's name but the announcements reveal that Milt Buckner was apparently the leader on this live performance. The track timings given on the CD are approximations. Those shown above include announcements and applause.

Soloists on track e - Buckner, Tate, Thompson, Buckner


Date: November 22, 1968
Location: B14 Club, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Rotterdam

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Rob Madna (p), Ruud Jacobs (b), Eric Ineke (d)

a.     The World Awakes - 8:42  (Lucky Thompson)
b.     In a Sentimental Mood - 6:40  (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Manny Kurtz)
c.     Tricotism (Tricrotism) - 7:54  (Oscar Pettiford)
d.     Lady Bird - 7:45  (Tadd Dameron)
e.     Strike up the Band - 4:36  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
f.     On Green Dolphin Street - 6:45  (Bronislau Kaper, Ned Washington)
g.     Street of Dreams - 7:13  (Victor Young, Sam M. Lewis)
h.     Cherokee - 9:00  (Ray Noble)
i.     Unknown Title - 7:11
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-c, f-i; (ts) on d-e, h.

These performances come from two VPRO (Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep) radio broadcasts. Tracks a-e comprise the first broadcast set of this live appearance and f-i, the second. The unknown title is a blues which is not identical to any known Lucky Thompson compositions and is announced as "Lucky Thompson's Blues Theme." Track e is common to both broadcasts, fading out during the piano solo under the female announcer's closing comments to set 1. It appears in its entirety at the beginning of the second set broadcast (male announcer) but is part of the first set.


Date: February 28, 1969
Location: Rome, Italy
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet in Rome

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), George Arvanitas (p), Jacky Samson (b), Charles Saudrais (d)

a.     The World Awakes - 9:18  (Lucky Thompson)
b.     Street of Dreams - 8:24  (Victor Young, Sam M. Lewis)
c.     Have You Met Miss Jones? - 11:20  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
d.     Cherokee - 9:10  (Ray Noble)
e.     Why Weep? - 13:26  (Lucky Thompson)
f.     Unknown Title - 9:29
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-d; (ts) on d-f.

This a private recording of a radio broadcast on RAI. It appears that recordings of tracks a-d have circulated among collectors with another track, "The Song Is You" included. However, aural evidence clearly indicates that the tenor saxophonist on this additional track is Stan Getz and NOT Lucky Thompson. When and where this live Getz quartet performance was recorded and how it became attached to the 1969 Rome Thompson concert are unanswered questions.

Track f is a very simple blues line that has not been identified. It is not the same blues as the unknown title from the previous session. The announcer, Adriano Mazzoletti, calls this track something that sounds very much like "Soulville." There is no tune by Lucky Thompson with that title that has been found as yet. Also, it is not related to songs of that title recorded by Ben Webster and Horace Silver. It could be that Thompson composed these simple blues lines spontaneously at the performances. This track is incomplete, fading out under the credits.


Date: March 13, 1969
Location: Tonstudio, Villingen, Germany
Label: MPS (Ger.)
Lucky Thompson Sextet: A Lucky Songbook In Europe

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Fats Sadi (vib, bo, cng), René Thomas (g), Ingfried Hoffmann (or), Eberhard Weber (b), Stu Martin (d)

a.     Sauvabelin - 6:24  (Lucky Thompson)
     MPS (Eng.) LP 12": BAB 9001 — The Sound of Great Music   
b.     Lady Gail - 5:28  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     Street of Dreams - 3:51  (Victor Young, Sam M. Lewis)
d.     Soul City - 5:39  (Lucky Thompson)
e.     Easy Living - 6:07  (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
f.     I Came from Sunday - 5:15  (Lucky Thompson)
g.     Centre Ville - 6:08  (Lucky Thompson)
 
All titles on:      MPS (Ger.) LP 12": 15231 — A Lucky Songbook In Europe   (1969)
     MPS (Ger.) LP 12": 21 20699-8 — A Lucky Songbook In Europe   
     MPS (Jpn.) LP 12": YS 2514 — A Lucky Songbook In Europe   
     MPS (Ger.) LP 12": CRM 699 — A Lucky Songbook In Europe   

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b-e; (ts) on a, f-g; Fats Sadi (vib) on b-f; (bo) on a, g; (cng) on a, g; René Thomas (g) on a, c-e, g.

Tracks a, d and g are incomplete, fading out while Thompson is soloing.

Soloists:
Track a - Sadi (bgo intro), Thompson (ts), Thomas, Hoffmann, Thompson (ts - fade out)
Track b - Martin (intro), Thompson (ss), Sadi (vib), Hoffmann
Track c - Thompson (ss), Thomas, Thompson (ss)
Track d - Sadi (vib), Thomas, Thompson (ss), Hoffmann, Thompson (ss - fade out)
Track e - Thompson (ss), Sadi (vib), Thomas, Thompson (ss)
Track f - Thompson (ts)
Track g - Thompson (ts), Hoffmann, Thomas, Thompson (ts - fade out)


Date: April 24 & 25, 1969
Location: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Label: [private recording]
Lucky Thompson with The Savannah Junkmen

The Savannah Junkmen, Lucky Thompson (ldr), Peter Schwalm (t), Paul Haag (tb), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Adrian Courvoisier (ts), Ernst Grell (g), Christoph Stahel (p), Dieter Stucki (b), Dieter Häner (d)

a.     The Jeep Is Jumpin' - 5:17  (Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges)
b.     Stompy Jones - 4:18  (Duke Ellington)
c.    inc Lucky's Blues - 4:58  (Lucky Thompson)
d.     Perdido - 3:39  (Juan Tizol, Ervin Drake, Hans Lengsfelder)
 
All titles on:      Swiss Jazz (Swi.) LP 12": SJLP 6309 — Jazz In Basel '69   (1969)

Lucky Thompson (ldr) on c-d; (ss) on c; (ts) on d; Peter Schwalm (t) on a-b; Paul Haag (tb) on a-b; Adrian Courvoisier (ts) on a-b; Christoph Stahel (p) on a-b, d.

These tracks comprise side B of the LP. Thompson does not appear on side A and is present only on tracks c and d (other horns out). The Swiss septet was known as "The Savannah Junkmen." Track c fades out during Thompson's solo.

Soloists:
Track a - Courvoisier (first chorus bridge), rhythm section a la Basie, Schwalm, Haag, Courvoisier, Stahel, Courvoisier (last chorus bridge)
Track b - Rhythm section a la Basie, Schwalm, Courvoisier, Haag, Grell, Courvoisier
Track c - Grell (intro), Thompson (ss), Grell, Thompson (ss, fade out)
Track d - Häner (intro), Thompson (ts, first chorus bridge), Thompson (ts), Stahel, Grell, Thompson (last chorus bridge)


Date: September 12, 1969
Location: Grande Salle, Mézières, Switzerland
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Mézières

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Géo Voumard (p), Bob Jaquillard (b), Stuff Combe (d)

a.     The World Awakes  (Lucky Thompson)
     unissued
b.     Body and Soul  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
     unissued
c.     Bags' Groove  (Milt Jackson)
     unissued
d.     Cherokee - 8:30  (Ray Noble)
     Jazz Helvet (Swi.) CD: JH 03 — Live In Switzerland, 1968-1969   (1990)
     Nagel Heyer Digital Download: — Star Chaser   (2014)
e. set closer no. 1    Lester Leaps In - 2:26  (Lester Young)
     Jazz Helvet (Swi.) CD: JH 03 — Live In Switzerland, 1968-1969   (1990)
f.     Satin Doll  (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer)
     unissued
g.     I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good - 6:33  (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster)
     Disques Office (Swi.) CD: DO 65223 — Géo Voumard 1953-1977: 25 Ans de Jazz et de Complicités Musicales   (1999)
h.     Have You Met Miss Jones?  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
     unissued
i.     'Round Midnight - 5:08  (Thelonious Monk, Bernie Hanighen, Cootie Williams)
     Disques Office (Swi.) CD: DO 65223 — Géo Voumard 1953-1977: 25 Ans de Jazz et de Complicités Musicales   (1999)
j.     Strike up the Band - 9:08  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     Jazz Helvet (Swi.) CD: JH 03 — Live In Switzerland, 1968-1969   (1990)
     Nagel Heyer Digital Download: — Star Chaser   (2014)
k. set closer no. 2    Lester Leaps In - 2:34  (Lester Young)
     Jazz Helvet (Swi.) CD: JH 03 — Live In Switzerland, 1968-1969   (1990)
     Nagel Heyer Digital Download: — Star Chaser   (2014)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-d, f-h, j; (ts) on d-e, j-k.

These live performances were broadcast on Radio Suisse Romande-Espace. Thompson starts "Cherokee" on soprano saxophone but switches to tenor after the bridge of the first chorus. The two versions of "Lester Leaps In" are simply employed to end the sets. Thompson speaks on the second version. The track timings given on the CD JH 03 are approximations. Those shown above include announcements and applause. Thompson is out on track i and I'm not sure which set this trio performance was part of. Information on this radio broadcast was provided by Arild Wideroe, Bob Weir and Mike Vawdrey.


Date: ca. October 1969
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Warsaw

Adam Mackowicz (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Adam Mackowicz (p), Janusz Kozlowski (b), Andrzej Dabrowski (d)

a.     The World Awakes - 9:10  (Lucky Thompson)
b.     Body and Soul - 8:45  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
c.     Now's the Time - 9:16  (Charlie Parker)
d.     Cherokee - 10:06  (Ray Noble)
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-b; (ts) on c-d.


Date: October 16, 1969
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Label: [private recording]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live in Warsaw

Adam Mackowicz (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss), Adam Mackowicz (p), Janusz Kozlowski (b), Jørn Elniff (d)

a.     Body and Soul - 6:58  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
     Polonia (Pol.) LP 12": 211 — Jazz Jamboree 69   (1999)
     Muza (Pol.) LP 12": XL/SXL 0563 — Jazz Jamboree 69   

This is a live concert performance marred by an unfortunate miscommunication between Thompson and Mackowicz as to where the bridge of the first chorus begins. Mackowicz treats his solo introduction as the first 8 bars of the song form but Thompson thinks the first chorus starts when the ensemble enters 8 bars later. This is a different version of "Body and Soul" than that from the previous session.


Date: November 26, 1969
Location: Hotelskibet St. Lawrence, Copenhagen, Denmark
Label: [radio broadcast]
Matty Peters and the Danish Radio Big Band with Guests

Danish Radio Big Band, Matty Peters (ldr), Arne Lambert (t), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Johnny Griffin (ts), Ole Molin (g), Steen Holkenov (p), Nils Jørgen Steen (con), Matty Peters, Bent Warburg (v)

a.     Lazy River (Up a Lazy River)  (Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin)
b.     Strike up the Band  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
c.     Yesterdays  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
d.     Frosty Summer  (Lucky Thompson)
e.     On Easy Street  (Lucky Thompson)
f.     Learnin' the Blues  (Delores Silvers)
g.     Honey  (Richard Whiting, Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons)
h.     Get Me to the Church on Time  (Frederick Loewe, Alan Lerner)
i.     Cry Me a River  (Arthur Hamilton)
j.     Full Nelson  (Oliver Nelson)
k.     Tin Roof Blues  (Leon Rappolo, Paul Mares, Ben Pollack, George Brunies, Mel Stitzel, Walter Melrose)
l.     What a Wonderful World  (George David Weiss, Bob Thiele)
m.     It's a Pity to Say Goodnight  (Billy Reid)
All titles unissued.

Arne Lambert (t) on g; Lucky Thompson (ss) on c-d, k; (ts) on e, k; Johnny Griffin (ts) on i-k; Ole Molin (g) on g; Steen Holkenov (p) on g; Matty Peters (v) on a-c, g, i, l-m; Bent Warburg (v) on f-h.

The information on this radio broadcast comes from Danish Radio via Hans Jensen. The personnel of the Danish Radio Big Band are not disclosed. This broadcast is called "Matty Peters Party." The M.C. is Henrik Wolsgaard Iversen. These tracks have not been auditioned.


Date: April 25, 1970
Location: Concert Studio Istra, Zagreb, Croatia
Label: Jugoton (Croat.)
Lucky Thompson with the RTV Zagreb Big Band

Miljenko Prohaska (ldr), Stanko Brichta, Marijan Domic, Ante Dropuljic, Ladislav Fidri, Franjo Karlovic (t), Stipica Kalogjera (t, key), Hrvoje Brajer, Jurica Cukac, Marko Ivanovic, Ico Kelemen, Ante Opasic, Vladimir Susic (tb), Ozren Depolo, Boris Franciskovic, Bojan Hohnjec, Maks Johan, Marijan Scukanec, Miroslav Sedak-Bencic (sax), Lucky Thompson (ss), Bosko Petrovic (vib), Damir Dicic (g), Zlatko Dvorzak, Davor Kajfes (p), Kresimir Remeta (b), Silvije Glojnaric, Petar Petej (d), Miljenko Prohaska (dir)

a.     Sea Esther - 4:52  (Lucky Thompson)
     Jugoton (Croat.) LP 12": LSY 68095 — Golden Hours   (1983)

The personnel shown are collective over several sessions including ones on which Lucky Thompson does not participate. The rest of the LP features other American guest soloists including Kai Winding, John Lewis, Art Farmer, Art Taylor, Sal Nistico, Ted Curson, Johnny Griffin and Leo Wright. This is the only track on which Thompson appears.


Date: May 1-2, 1970
Location: Casino de L'Aliança del Poblenou, Barcelona, Spain
Label: Ensayo (Sp.)
Lucky Thompson with the Tete Montoliu Trio: Soul's Nite Out

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Tete Montoliu (p), Eric Peter (b), Peer Wyboris (d)

a.     Blue 'n' Boogie - 3:55  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
b.     Spanish Rails - 4:50  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     What's New? - 5:20  (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke)
d.     Soul's Nite Out - 3:35  (Lucky Thompson)
e.     The World Awakes - 4:05  (Lucky Thompson)
f.     When Sunny Gets Blue - 4:05  (Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher)
g.     Body and Soul - 4:22  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
h.     Spanyola - 3:50  (Lucky Thompson)
i.     I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good - 5:25  (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster)
j.     Soul Carnival - 3:03  (Lucky Thompson)
 
All titles on:      Ensayo (Sp.) LP 12": ENY 35 — Soul's Nite Out   (1970)
     Nessa LP 12": N 13 — Body and Soul   (1978)
     Ensayo (Sp.) CD: ENYCD 3471 — Soul's Nite Out   (1993)
     Ensayo (Sp.) CD: ENYCD 9774 — Soul's Nite Out   (1999)

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b-c, e-h; (ts) on a, d, i-j.

Tracks b, d-f and j fade out prematurely.


Date: July 28, 1970
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Label: [radio broadcast]
Lucky Thompson with the Swedish Radio Jazz Group

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Jan Allan, Rolf Ericson, Bertil Lovgren (t), Lennart Aberg, Arne Domnérus, Ove Lind, Erik Nilsson (ww), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Rune Gustafsson (g), Bengt Hallberg (p), Georg Riedel (b), Egil Johansen (d), Sabu Martinez (bo)

a.     Soul-lite - 5:08  (Lucky Thompson)
b.     Body and Soul - 7:35  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
c.     Unknown Title - 7:57
d.     Deserted Flower - 4:36  (Lucky Thompson)
e.     Soul Carnival - 6:39  (Lucky Thompson)
f.     Blue Monday - 4:17  (Lucky Thompson)
g.     The World Awakes - 7:58  (Lucky Thompson)
h.     Unknown Title - 2:04
All titles unissued.

Jan Allan (t) on a, d, f, h; Rolf Ericson (t) on a, d, f, h; Bertil Lovgren (t) on a, d, f, h; Lennart Aberg (ww) on a, d, f, h; Arne Domnérus (ww) on a, d, f, h; Ove Lind (ww) on a, d, f, h; Erik Nilsson (ww) on a, d, f, h; Lucky Thompson (ss) on b-d, f-g; (ts) on a, e, h; Rune Gustafsson (g) on a-d, f-h; Bengt Hallberg (p) on a-d, f-h; Sabu Martinez (bo) on a, c, f-h.

The information of this radio broadcast comes in part from the archives of Radio Sweden provided by Victoria Padin. It is assumed that the date shown is the recording date but it could be the broadcast date. The personnel shown come from the collector who provided the recording but are not verified by the archives card which gives no identifications.

Track c is called "Soulville" and the composer credit is attributed to Ben Webster. But this blues line has no relationship to the Webster recording of this title which is a slow blues with no specific theme. It is also different from track f of the February 28, 1969 session (see above). On the other hand, what Thompson plays here is very reminiscent of but not identical to "Tenor Madness" (aka "Royal Roost" & "Rue Chaptal"). Track h fades out under the announcer's closing and its title is unknown.

The full band is only heard on tracks a, d, f and h. Tracks b, c and g feature Thompson and the rhythm section while track e involves Thompson with just bass and drums.


Date: September 1970
Location: De Vlaamse Leergangen, Leuven, Belgium
Label: [private recording]
Lucky Thompson Trio Live in Leuven

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss), Ruud Jacobs (b), Han Bennink (d)

a.     Body and Soul  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
b.     Spanish Rails  (Lucky Thompson)
c.     The World Awakes  (Lucky Thompson)
All titles unissued.

Several additional, unknown titles were part of this performance, the information on which comes from discographer Bob Weir. These tracks have not been auditioned.


Date: December 15, 1971
Location: "Like It Is" TV Show, WABC, New York City
Label: [television broadcast]
Lucky Thompson Quartet in New York City

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Hank Jones (p), Wilbur Little (b), Frank Gant (d)

a.     On Green Dolphin Street - 3:10  (Bronislau Kaper, Ned Washington)
b.     Lover Man - 4:35  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
c.     Blue 'n' Boogie - 2:48  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on a-b; (ts) on c.

This videotape includes an interview with Lucky Thompson by the show's host, Gil Noble.


Date: ca. 1972
Location: New York City
Label: Groove Merchant
Lucky Thompson Quartet: Goodbye Yesterday

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Cedar Walton (p, elp, cel), Larry Ridley (b), Billy Higgins (d)

a.     Home Come'N - 3:34  (Lucky Thompson)
     LRC Ltd. CD: CDC 9059 — LRC Jazz Sampler, Vols. 4 & 5: Lester Recording Jazz & Blues Catalog   (1994)
     LRC Ltd. CD: CDC 9029 — Lucky Thompson: Sonny Lester Collection   (1994)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17170 — Jazz Piano Anthology: Swingers   (1997)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17132 — Tea Time   (1998)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 24969 — Jazz Collection: The Story of Jazz Piano   (2000)
     LRC Ltd. CD: 20011 — Good Vibration: LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology Vol. 1   (2001)
     LRC Ltd. CD: 20010 — Time Remembered: LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology   (2001)
     LRC Ltd. CD: 20039 — Home Comin'   (2003)
     LRC Ltd. Digital Download: — All Star Parade of Jazz and Blues Legends On LRC Ltd./Groove Merchant: Full Cut Sampler   (2012)
     LRC Ltd. Digital Download: — Jazz Piano Anthology: Swingers, Vol. 3   (2012)
b.     Tea Time - 5:30  (Lucky Thompson)
     LRC Ltd. CD: CDC 9029 — Lucky Thompson: Sonny Lester Collection   (1994)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17132 — Tea Time   (1998)
     LRC Ltd. CD: 20039 — Home Comin'   (2003)
c.     Lazy Day - 4:28  (Lucky Thompson)
     America (Fr.) LP 12": AM-6155 — Lucky Thompson   (1980)
     51 West LP 12": Q-16072 — Back To the World   
     Philips (Jpn.) LP 12": 16PJ 2007 — Everything Happens To Me   
     LRC Ltd. Cassette: EJ 1034 — Lucky Thompson   (1985)
     Musidisc/Jazz Anthology (Fr.) CD: 500.602 — Yesterday's Child   (1996)
d.    inc Soul Lullaby - 4:30  (Lucky Thompson)
     LRC Ltd. CD: CDC 9029 — Lucky Thompson: Sonny Lester Collection   (1994)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 55646 — The Art of Jazz Saxophone   (1997)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 15977 — The Art of Jazz Saxophone   (1997)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17175 — The Art of Jazz Saxophone: Classic Sounds   (1997)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17132 — Tea Time   (1998)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 24652 — Art of Saxophone   (1999)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 24968 — Jazz Collection: The Art of Jazz Saxophone   (2000)
     LRC Ltd. CD: 20039 — Home Comin'   (2003)
     LRC Ltd. Digital Download: — The Art of Jazz Saxophone: Classic Sounds   (2012)
e.    inc Then Soul Walked In - 5:03  (Lucky Thompson)
     LRC Ltd. CD: CDC 9029 — Lucky Thompson: Sonny Lester Collection   (1994)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17132 — Tea Time   (1998)
     LRC Ltd. CD: 20039 — Home Comin'   (2003)
f.    inc Fillet of Soul - 6:25  (Lucky Thompson)
     LRC Ltd. CD: CDC 9029 — Lucky Thompson: Sonny Lester Collection   (1994)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 55646 — The Art of Jazz Saxophone   (1997)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 15977 — The Art of Jazz Saxophone   (1997)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17175 — The Art of Jazz Saxophone: Classic Sounds   (1997)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17132 — Tea Time   (1998)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 24968 — Jazz Collection: The Art of Jazz Saxophone   (2000)
     LRC Ltd. CD: 20039 — Home Comin'   (2003)
     LRC Ltd. Digital Download: — The Art of Jazz Saxophone: Classic Sounds   (2012)
g.    inc Back to the World - 3:20  (Lucky Thompson)
     America (Fr.) LP 12": AM-6155 — Lucky Thompson   (1980)
     51 West LP 12": Q-16072 — Back To the World   
     Philips (Jpn.) LP 12": 16PJ 2007 — Everything Happens To Me   
     LRC Ltd. Cassette: EJ 1034 — Lucky Thompson   (1985)
     Musidisc/Jazz Anthology (Fr.) CD: 500.602 — Yesterday's Child   (1996)
 
All titles on:      Groove Merchant LP 12": GM 508 — Goodbye Yesterday   (1972)
     Groove Merchant LP 12": GM 4411 — Illuminations   (1974)
     I Giganti del Jazz/Curcio (It.) LP 12": JB 101 — Jazz Collection   
     I Giganti del Jazz/Curcio (It.) LP 12": GJ 31 — Lucky Thompson Quartet   
     Los Grandes del Jazz (Sp.) LP 12": Sarpe 31 — Lucky Thompson Quartet   

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b, e; (ts) on a, c-d, f-g; Cedar Walton (p) on a, c-g; (elp) on b; (cel) on e.

Tracks d-g are incomplete, fading out while Thompson is soloing.


Date: October 13, 1972
Location: Cook County Jail, Chicago, IL
Label: Groove Merchant
Lucky Thompson Quartet at Cook County Jail

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss), Cedar Walton (elp), Sam Jones (b), Louis Hayes (d)

a.     On Green Dolphin Street - 5:51  (Bronislau Kaper, Ned Washington)
     America (Fr.) LP 12": AM-6155 — Lucky Thompson   (1980)
     51 West LP 12": Q-16072 — Back To the World   
     Philips (Jpn.) LP 12": 16PJ 2007 — Everything Happens To Me   
     LRC Ltd. Cassette: EJ 1034 — Lucky Thompson   (1985)
     Musidisc/Jazz Anthology (Fr.) CD: 500.602 — Yesterday's Child   (1996)
     Groove Merchant (Jpn.) CD: BSCP 30088 — Mellow Jazz Funk DJ Mix By Bobo James (Dev Large)   (2003)
b.     Everything Happens to Me - 5:41  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
     America (Fr.) LP 12": AM-6155 — Lucky Thompson   (1980)
     51 West LP 12": Q-16072 — Back To the World   
     Philips (Jpn.) LP 12": 16PJ 2007 — Everything Happens To Me   
     LRC Ltd. Cassette: EJ 1034 — Lucky Thompson   (1985)
     Musidisc/Jazz Anthology (Fr.) CD: 500.602 — Yesterday's Child   (1996)
     LRC Ltd. Digital Download: — Sonny Lester Presents Jazz For a Sunday Afternoon   (2011)
c.    inc Cherokee - 4:29  (Ray Noble)
     Jazz Musts Digital Download: — Spontaneous Combustion   (2014)
 
All titles on:      Groove Merchant LP 12": GM 515 — Friday the 13th - Cook County Jail   (1972)
     People LP 12": PLEO 17 — Friday the 13th - Cook County Jail   
     Swing (Fr.) LP 12": LDM 30.195 — Friday the 13th - Cook County Jail   
     Simitar CD: 1207 — Friday the 13th - Cook County Jail   (1997)
     Beast Retro CD: 1207-2 — Friday the 13th - Cook County Jail   
     LRC Ltd. Digital Download: — Do'in Time   (2008)

This was a live concert that also featured a quintet led by organist Jimmy McGriff. Track c is incomplete, abbreviated by a crude and obvious edit during Thompson's solo.


Date: ca. 1973
Location: New York City
Label: Groove Merchant
Lucky Thompson Quartet: I Offer You

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Cedar Walton (p, elp), Sam Jones (b), Louis Hayes (d)

a.    inc Munsoon - 5:07  (Lucky Thompson)
     America (Fr.) LP 12": AM-6155 — Lucky Thompson   (1980)
     51 West LP 12": Q-16072 — Back To the World   
     Philips (Jpn.) LP 12": 16PJ 2007 — Everything Happens To Me   
     I Giganti del Jazz/Curcio (It.) LP 12": GJ 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
     Los Grandes del Jazz (Sp.) LP 12": Sarpe 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
     LRC Ltd. Cassette: EJ 1034 — Lucky Thompson   (1985)
     LRC Ltd. CD: CDC 9029 — Lucky Thompson: Sonny Lester Collection   (1994)
     Musidisc/Jazz Anthology (Fr.) CD: 500.602 — Yesterday's Child   (1996)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17132 — Tea Time   (1998)
     LRC Ltd. CD: 20039 — Home Comin'   (2003)
b.    inc Sun Out - 6:20  (Lucky Thompson)
     America (Fr.) LP 12": AM-6155 — Lucky Thompson   (1980)
     51 West LP 12": Q-16072 — Back To the World   
     Philips (Jpn.) LP 12": 16PJ 2007 — Everything Happens To Me   
     I Giganti del Jazz/Curcio (It.) LP 12": GJ 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
     Los Grandes del Jazz (Sp.) LP 12": Sarpe 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
     LRC Ltd. Cassette: EJ 1034 — Lucky Thompson   (1985)
     LRC Ltd. CD: CDC 9029 — Lucky Thompson: Sonny Lester Collection   (1994)
     Musidisc/Jazz Anthology (Fr.) CD: 500.602 — Yesterday's Child   (1996)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17132 — Tea Time   (1998)
     LRC Ltd. CD: 20039 — Home Comin'   (2003)
     Charly (Eng.) CD: 11 — Jazz Grooves   
c.     Yesterday's Child - 4:26  (Lucky Thompson)
     America (Fr.) LP 12": AM-6155 — Lucky Thompson   (1980)
     51 West LP 12": Q-16072 — Back To the World   
     Philips (Jpn.) LP 12": 16PJ 2007 — Everything Happens To Me   
     I Giganti del Jazz/Curcio (It.) LP 12": GJ 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
     Los Grandes del Jazz (Sp.) LP 12": Sarpe 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
     LRC Ltd. Cassette: EJ 1034 — Lucky Thompson   (1985)
     LRC Ltd. CD: CDC 9029 — Lucky Thompson: Sonny Lester Collection   (1994)
     Musidisc/Jazz Anthology (Fr.) CD: 500.602 — Yesterday's Child   (1996)
     LaserLight/Delta (Ger.) CD: 17132 — Tea Time   (1998)
     LRC Ltd. CD: 20039 — Home Comin'   (2003)
d.     Aliyah - 5:05  (Lucky Thompson)
e.    inc The Moment of Truth - 6:35  (Collen G. 'Tex' Satterwhite, Frank Scott)
     I Giganti del Jazz/Curcio (It.) LP 12": GJ 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
     Los Grandes del Jazz (Sp.) LP 12": Sarpe 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
f.    inc Back Home from Yesterday - 5:58  (Lucky Thompson)
     I Giganti del Jazz/Curcio (It.) LP 12": GJ 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
     Los Grandes del Jazz (Sp.) LP 12": Sarpe 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
g.    inc Cherokee - 4:42  (Ray Noble)
     I Giganti del Jazz/Curcio (It.) LP 12": GJ 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
     Los Grandes del Jazz (Sp.) LP 12": Sarpe 82 — Lucky Thompson, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes   
 
All titles on:      Groove Merchant LP 12": GM 517 — I Offer You   (1973)
     Groove Merchant LP 12": GM 4411 — Illuminations   (1974)
     Simitar CD: 1205 — I Offer You   
     Beast Retro CD: 1205-2 — I Offer You   

Lucky Thompson (ss) on b, d-f; (ts) on a, c, g; Cedar Walton (p) on e; (elp) on a-d, f-g; Louis Hayes (d) on a-b, d-g.

Tracks a, b, e-g are incomplete, fading out while Thompson is soloing.


Date: April 20, 1974
Location: Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Label: [no known recording]
Lucky Thompson Quartet Live at Dartmouth College

Lucky Thompson (ldr), Lucky Thompson (ss, ts), Hank Jones (p), Ron Carter (b), Tony Williams (d)

a.     Shawnuff (Shaw 'Nuff)  (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker)
b.     Cute  (Neal Hefti)
c.     The World Awakes  (Lucky Thompson)
d.     Body and Soul  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
e.     Blue 'n' Boogie  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
f.     Satin Doll  (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer)
g.     Willow Weep for Me  (Ann Ronell)
h.     I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
i.     Have You Met Miss Jones?  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
j.     No Frost and Free  (Lucky Thompson)
k.     Bargain Day  (William Roy)
l.     Soul Carnival  (Lucky Thompson)
All titles unissued.

Lucky Thompson (ss) on c-d, f, h-l; (ts) on e, k; Ron Carter (b) on a-g, i-l; Tony Williams (d) on a-f, i-l.

The information on this concert comes from a review by Will Powers published in Coda Magazine, July 1974 (thanks to Michael Fitzgerald for finding this). No recordings of this event seem to have surfaced, but it his hard to believe that it was not preserved by some individual or perhaps, by Dartmouth College where Lucky Thompson was in residence at this time. The reviewer mentions two sets and the titles listed may not be all that were performed that day. It is also difficult to determine from the review exactly which horn, soprano or tenor saxophone, Thompson employs on tracks i-l. Track j is referred to as a "new composition" of Thompson's with lyrics read by the saxophonist. Track k may be the song by William Roy recorded by Dinah Washington on December 6, 1956 (on which session Thompson performed) or it could be an original Thompson piece, but not being able to audition the music, I cannot be sure which possibility is the correct one.

Thompson is out on tracks a and b. Track g is a piano/bass duet while h features only piano and soprano saxophone.


Date: February 27, 2010
Location: Knoop Recording Studio, River Edge, NJ
Label: SteepleChase (Dan.)
Chris Byars Octet: Lucky Strikes Again (Music of Lucky Thompson)

Chris Byars (ldr), Scott Wendholt (t), John Mosca (tb), Chris Byars (ss, ts), Zaid Nasser (as), Mark Lopeman (bar), Sacha Perry (p), Ari Roland (b), Stefan Schatz (d)

a.     Theme - 1:23  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
b.     Munsoon - 5:33  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Chris Byars
c.     Old Reliable - 6:40  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
d.     Passionately Yours - 4:54  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Chris Byars
e.     Tiptop - 4:21  (Mark Lopeman) / arr: Mark Lopeman
f.     Fanfare - 3:56  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Chris Byars, Lucky Thompson
g.     Minik Koosh (Little Bird) - 6:00  (Chris Byars) / arr: Chris Byars
h.     Notorious Love - 3:42  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
i.     Another Whirl - 5:41  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
j.     Could I Meet You Later? - 3:45  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
k.     Just One More Chance - 3:33  (Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston)
l.     Two Steps Out (Choose Your Own, Two Stops Out) - 4:18  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
m.     Down the Stretch - 7:25  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
 
All titles on:      SteepleChase (Dan.) CD: SCCD 31713 — Lucky Strikes Again   (2011)

Chris Byars (ss) on a, h, l; (ts) on b-g, i-k, m; Sacha Perry (p) on b-m.

Lucky Thompson was deceased at the time of this session but his arrangements were preserved.

Soloists:
Track a - none
Track b - Byars (ts), Mosca, Perry
Track c - Perry, Nasser, Mosca, Wendholt, Lopeman, Roland (arco), Byars (ts)
Track d - Byars (ts), Perry
Track e - Mosca, Roland (arco), Lopeman
Track f - Lopeman, Nasser, Roland (arco)
Track g - Roland (arco), Nasser, Wendholt, Schatz
Track h - Byars (ss)
Track i - Byars (ts), Lopeman, Mosca, Nasser, Wendholt
Track j - Byars (ts), Perry
Track k - Byars (ts) (transcription of Lucky Thompson's solo of April 22, 1947 for RCA)
Track l - Byars (ss)
Track m - Perry, Nasser, Wendholt, Mosca, Byars (ts), Lopeman, Roland (arco), Schatz


Date: September 17, 2010
Location: Smalls Jazz Club, New York City
Label: [private recording]
Chris Byars Octet Live: Music of Lucky Thompson

Chris Byars (ldr), Scott Wendholt (t), John Mosca (tb), Chris Byars (ss, ts), Mark Lopeman (as), Andy Farber (bar), Sacha Perry (p), Neal Miner (b), Stefan Schatz (d)

a.     Theme - 1:23  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
b.     Munsoon - 7:28  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Chris Byars
c.     It's Thursday - 5:00  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
d.     Fanfare - 10:08  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
e.     But Not for Tonight - 5:35  (Lucky Thompson, Gérard Pochonet) / arr: Lucky Thompson
f.     Notorious Love - 3:48  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
g.     Once Upon a Time - 5:43  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
h.     Down the Stretch - 7:13  (Lucky Thompson) / arr: Lucky Thompson
All titles unissued.

Chris Byars (ss) on a, f; (ts) on b-e, g-h; Sacha Perry (p) on b-h.

Lucky Thompson was deceased at the time of this session but his arrangements were preserved.

Soloists:
Track a - none
Track b - Byars (ts), Mosca, Perry
Track c - Byars (ts)
Track d - Byars (ts), Farber, Lopeman, Wendholt, Mosca, Perry, Schatz, Miner
Track e - Lopeman, Farber, Byars (ts)
Track f - Byars (ss)
Track g - Perry, Mosca, Byars (ts)
Track h - Perry, Lopeman, Wendholt, Mosca, Byars (ts), Schatz