A few years ago, Italian saxophonist Daniele D'Agaro was visiting Chicago, and a critic friend put on a fairly obscure record to stump him. D'Agaro listened for about three seconds, said: "Lucky."
Good ears. He knows the distinctive sound of Lucky Thompson after he started hanging out in Paris and playing sumptuous tenor saxophone ballads recalling old idol Don Byas's Parisian sides. On "Solitude" and "We'll Be Together Again," from Lucky in Paris 1959, his tenor's… more »
These two musicians usually make any date that they’re a part of a success and this rare duo date together is no exception. Jones’ effortlessly swinging style is matched beautifully by the bassist’s imaginative lines. The material is all very familiar, from the easygoing “Gone With the Wind” to a percolating “Wee” and the absolute show-stopping run through “I’ll Remember April,” which finds both men at a creative peak. It’s a pity they didn’t record a follow up to this very enjoyable session, recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio. – Ken Dryden