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Lucky Thompson, RIP

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Michael Glynn, Aug 6, 2005.

  1. Michael Glynn

    Michael Glynn Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    The great tenor and soprano saxophonist Lucky Thompson passed away last week in Seattle.

    He was one of my all time favorites, and I'm sure many others in the TBDB world appreciated his great work with Oscar Pettiford and many others.

    Lucky Thompson obituary
  2. Michael, thanks for the post. I loved the stuff he did with O.P.! 'Happy Little Sunbeam' was one of my favorites.
    Can't remember if Oscar or Lucky wrote it...probably O.P.
    I love the unison stuff they did together. The way that O.P. switched octaves was so beautiful.
    I didn't know about all the crap Lucky went through. Sad.
    Did I ever tell you that I knew or at least met Buddy Catlett when he was living in Denver? Great player!
  3. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Lucky? Didn't he play with Mingus, waaaaay back?

    Damn. I'd love to hear the stuff he did with OP, I've always wondered how Oscar would play when beside a horn.
  4. matador

    matador Guest

    Mar 31, 2005
    RIP Lucky Thompson...

    Another beautiful player has left us.
  5. Michael Glynn

    Michael Glynn Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    All that OP/Lucky stuff is great. I have a sax player friend that is a huge Lucky fan, so we play a bunch of those tunes: OP meets LT, The Plain But the Simple Truth, Tricotism (of course), etc.
    Yeah, I think we talked about Buddy once before. Let me know if you have any funny old stories. I'd love to freak him out with stories from his past. Do you know Phil Sparks? There's another great bass player in Seattle who spent time in Colorado. I think you're scaring them all out of town, Paul!
  6. My favorite soprano player. I'll never understand why he was so unrecognized. On the other hand, he could be his own worst enemy, thankless and irresponsible to people who tried their best to give him opportunity (e.g. Amos Kaune, owner of Gulliver's).
    Great sound, great ideas, swing. His playing made the jazz world a better place.
  7. I sold Phil Sparks my Jacobus Hornsteiner After an accident. It didn't come out of surgery sounding the way i'd hoped. It was perfect for Phil though. Please say hi....
    sorry about the O.T. people....
  8. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I got to meet Lucky on St. Simon's Island back in about '76 when I was stupid and couldn't hear anything. I didn't even know who I was being introduced to. It's a moment that I wish I could go back to now, a regrettably missed opportunity.

    We were hanging out with the guys form the club we were working and they said that Lucky still played a little, that he would take his horn out to the end of the pier and blow...
  10. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    I literally bumped into Dizzy Gillespie once, at the Maui Prince hotel. I was in a quintet that was opening that evening for his show. He looked really cool; dashiki, funky hat, the works. I remember stammering out a bunch of nonsense, how much his music meant to me, blah blah, while he just stood there smiling and listening to my drivel. When I finally shut up, he said...."Where's the food?". I just laughed and escorted him to the restaurant. Fortunately, I was able to redeem myself somewhat, at a postgig party, where I blathered a bit less. I do remember the bassist, John Lee, saying "You better get back to your wife, before I start hittin' on her". :smug: