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Lucky Thompson

ts, 1924-2005 US, Columbia, South Carolina
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Eli Thompson

Eli "Lucky" Thompson (June 16, 1924 – July 30, 2005) was an American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist. While John Coltrane usually receives the most credit for bringing the soprano saxophone out of obsolescence in the early 1960s, Thompson (along with Steve Lacy) embraced the instrument earlier than Coltrane.

  • Tenor sax
  • Soprano sax
  • Clarinet
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Green Dolphin Street on Jimmy McGriff, Lucky Thompson, George Freeman, O'Donel Levy -- Live Concert - Cook County Jail by Various Artists
Sophisticated Lady on Oscar Pettiford by Oscar Pettiford
In A Sentimental Mood on Lucky Strikes by Lucky Thompson
Sun Out on From The Sonny Lester Collection by Lucky Thompson
Fly With The Wind on Lucky Strikes by Lucky Thompson
Mid-Nite Oil on Lucky Strikes by Lucky Thompson
Everything Happens To Me on Jimmy McGriff, Lucky Thompson, George Freeman, O'Donel Levy -- Live Concert - Cook County Jail by Various Artists
Freedom Suite - Part 1 on Jimmy McGriff, Lucky Thompson, George Freeman, O'Donel Levy -- Live Concert - Cook County Jail by Various Artists
Home Free - Instrumental on With Dave Pochonet All Stars by Lucky Thompson
Tea Time on From The Sonny Lester Collection by Lucky Thompson

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Title Artist Year Type
Complete Parisian Small Group Sessions 1956-1959Lucky Thompson2017Compil.
In Paris 1956 · The All Star Orchestra SessionsLucky Thompson2017Compil.
In Paris 1960 · Modern Jazz At Club Saint-Germain & The Blue NoteLucky Thompson2017Compil.
Bop & BalladsLucky Thompson2016Album
Four BrothersLucky Thompson & Barney Wilen2015Album
New York City 1964-65Lucky Thompson2009Album
Lucky Thompson Meets Oscar PettifordLucky Thompson, Oscar Pettiford2006Compil.
The Ultimate Jazz Archive - Swing To BeBop - Modern JazzErroll Garner / Slam Stewart / Wardell Gray / Lucky Thompson2005Compil.
Lucky MomentsLucky Thompson2003Compil.
Lucky In ParisLucky Thompson2001Single
Lucky Start 1944/1946Lucky Thompson2001Compil.
1944-1947Lucky Thompson2000Compil.
Modern Jazz GroupLucky Thompson2000Album
The Complete Vogue Recordings Vol.2Lucky Thompson1998Compil.
The Complete Vogue Recordings Vol. 1Lucky Thompson1998Compil.
Tea TimeLucky Thompson1998Compil.
Lord, Lord, Am I Ever Gonna Know?Lucky Thompson1997Album
Lucky ThompsonLucky Thompson1995Compil.
Byas / Berry / ThompsonDon Byas, Leon "Chu" Berry, Lucky Thompson1995Compil.
Lucky Thompson/Gigi Gryce In ParisLucky Thompson, Gigi Gryce, Art Farmer1995Compil.
Happy DaysLucky Thompson1994Compil.
Good Luck In Paris - 1956Lucky Thompson1993Compil.
The Master Saxes - Club Convert Vol.1 : 48/61Barney Wilen / Charlie Parker / Lucky Thompson / Lee Konitz / Cecil Payne / Zoot Sims / Budd Johnson Meet Bud Powell1993Album
Lucky SessionsLucky Thompson1992Compil.
The Legendary Years, Vol. 1Harry Arnold, Quincy Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Thompson1992Compil.
Lucky Meets Tommy And FriendsLucky Thompson & Tommy Flanagan1992Compil.
Lucky ThompsonLucky Thompson1991Album
Mainstream TenorsLeon "Chu" Berry, Don Byas, Lucky Thompson1991Compil.
Switzerland 1968/69Lucky Thompson1990Album
The Greatest Of The Small Bands Vol. 2Coleman Hawkins - Lucky Thompson, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie - Benny Carter1989Compil.
In Paris 1956 Vol. 1Lucky Thompson1989Album
Giants Of The Tenor SaxLeon "Chu" Berry, Lucky Thompson1988Compil.
Recorded In Paris & Cologne 1957 & 1960Kenny Clarke With Don Byas • Lucky Thompson • Martial Solal • Pierre Michelot1986Compil.
Paris 1956 Volume 1Lucky Thompson With Emmett Berry, Martial Solal, The Henri Renaud Trio, Gérard Pochonet, Guy Lafitte1985Album
Test PilotLucky Thompson1985Compil.
Lucky StandardsLucky Thompson1984Album
Lucky Thomson Featuring Oscar PettifordLucky Thompson Featuring Oscar Pettiford1984Album
Lullaby in RhythmLucky Thompson1979Album
Back To The WorldLucky Thompson1979Compil.
Two Talking Tenors 1952 - 1958Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Thompson1977Compil.
Jazz All Stars - Volume OneLionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, J.J. Johnson, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Osie Johnson, Thad Jones, Lucky Thompson1977Compil.
Jazz StoryCount Basie Orchestra feauturing Lester Young and Lucky Thompson1976Compil.
The Heat's OnPaul Quinichette & Lucky Thompson1975Compil.
Dancing SunbeamLucky Thompson1975Compil.
IlluminationsLucky Thompson1974Compil.
The Midnight Sun Never SetsHarry Arnold & His Swedish Radio Studio Orchestra, Quincy Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Bailey, Lucky Thompson, Nat Adderley1974Album
Goodbye Yesterday!Lucky Thompson1973Album
I Offer YouLucky Thompson1973Album
Soul's Nite OutLucky Thompson1971Album
A Lucky Songbook In EuropeLucky Thompson1969Album
Lucky Is Back! Then, So Is Love)Lucky Thompson1965Album
Happy Days Are Here AgainLucky Thompson1965Album
Kinfolks CornerLucky Thompson1965Album
Happy Days Are Here Again / Cry Me A RiverLucky Thompson1965Single
Plays Jerome Kern And No MoreLucky Thompson1963Album
Lovely To Look At / Who?Lucky Thompson1963Single
In PersonSi Zentner Featuring Nick Fatool, Eddie Miller, Charlie Teagarden, Van Alexander, Lucky Thompson, Stan Getz, Charlie Shavers1962Album
Bongo JazzLucky Thompson Und Jack Sels Sextet1959Single
Lucky ThompsonLucky Thompson With Gérard Pochonet & His Quartet1957Album
Club Session no IVDave Pochonet Et Son Orchestre With Lucky Thompson1957Album
Vol.1Lucky Thompson1957Single
Vol. IILucky Thompson Featuring Oscar Pettiford1957Album
Thompson Plays For ThomsonLucky Thompson, Emmett Berry1956Album
The Modern Jazz Society Presents A Concert Of Contemporary MusicStan Getz, Anthony Sciacca, J.J. Johnson, Lucky Thompson, Aaron Sachs1956Single
Lucky Thompson Featuring Oscar Pettiford - Vol.1Lucky Thompson1956Album
Vol. 1Lucky Thompson, Gérard Pochonet & His Quartet1956Album
Intimate Jazz In Hi-Fi, Accent On Tenor SaxLucky Thompson1956Album
Vol. 2Lucky Thompson, Gérard Pochonet All Stars1956Album
Modified ModernErnie Royal And Lucky Thompson1956Album
Mood In BlueColeman Hawkins, Ernie Royal, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Jack Teagarden, Lucky Thompson1955Album
Oodie Coo BopHoward McGhee, Lucky Thompson, Jack McVea, Irving Ashby, Jimmy Bunn, Red Callender1949Album
You Are My DreamJean-Pierre Sasson, Lucky ThompsonSingle
Lovely To Look AtLucky ThompsonSingle
You Are My DreamLucky Thompson With The Jean-Pierre Sasson TrioSingle
Sammy Price Avec Lucky ThompsonSammy Price Avec Lucky ThompsonAlbum
Let's Not Waltz Tonight / How About You? / Indiana / Good LuckZoot Sims / Mundell Lowe / Billy Taylor / Lucky ThompsonSingle
TenderlyLucky Thompson With Gérard Pochonet And His OrchestraSingle
Kin Folks CornerLucky ThompsonSingle
Flamingo / The Scene Is CleanLucky ThompsonSingle
SolitudeLucky ThompsonSingle
Sax Scene - 5 Tenor Giants.Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Thompson, Don Byas, Leon "Chu" BerryAlbum
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