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From the little known jazz saxophonist Lucky Thompson and his quartet comes Lucky Strikes. I picked this up early on in my vinyl collecting days simply because I needed some jazz in my collection and I’m really glad I did. Lucky is a great tenor and soprano jazz saxophonist–some would go as far to say that he’s the greatest soprano saxophonist to ever grace a jazz club. I don’t have much experience to go on in this field but I would have to go out on a limb and say that he’s pretty damn good.

Don’t think Kenny G’s screaming baby sax with this album because it’s far from it. He really knows how to tame the raw upper-range power of the brass mongoose to make it purr just right. This album mixes of the chipper attitude found in Vince Guaraldi’s work for the Peanuts soundtracks, most notably the Christmas album, with the solemn “Farewell Blues” from the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. Quite a swirl.

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