Lucky Thompson Bop And Ballads on Limited Edition LP
Newly discovered sessions released for the first time, Bop And Ballads, collects ten recordings by one of the greatest saxophonists of his generation, American jazz master Lucky Thompson with the Michael Naura Trio, Quintet and guests in Hamburg circa 1959 and 1960. Small and larger group improvisations with the melodic sound of Lucky on tenor and soprano sax, featuring Heinz von Moisy, Hajo Lange, Jimmy Gourley, Wolfgang Schlüter and Hans Koller. Hard bop with a nod to Lester Young ("Cherokee," "Thin Ice") and soft ballads ("Summertime," "Deep Passion"), all light, fluffy, intimately personal and with a lyrical bebop approach. "Lucky was a hell of a saxophone player," once proclaimed Miles Davis.