René Thomas (guitarist)
|Born||25 February 1927|
|Died||3 January 1975 (aged 47)|
|Labels||Vogue, Barclay, Polydor, Jazzland, RCA|
|Associated acts||The Bob Shots|
René Thomas (25 February 1927 – 3 January 1975) was a jazz guitarist from Belgium.
In the early 1950s, he moved to Paris and became part of the modern jazz scene, playing in the style of Jimmy Raney. Back in Europe in 1962, he toured and recorded with Chet Baker, Bobby Jaspar, Kenny Clarke, Eddy Louiss, Stan Getz, Lucky Thompson, Sonny Criss, Jacques Pelzer, Lou Bennett, Charles "Lolo" Bellonzi, and Ingfried Hoffmann.
- Rene Thomas et Son Quintette (Vogue, 1955)
- Guitar Groove (Jazzland, 1960)
- Thomas/Jasper Quintet (RCA Victor, 1962)
- Meeting Mister Thomas (Barclay, 1963)
- Eddy Louiss-Kenny Clarke-René Thomas (Cy, 1973)
- TPL (Thomas Pelzer Limited) (Vogel, 1974)
- Blue Note Paris 1964 (Royal Jazz, 1990)
- Guitar Genius (AMC, 1991)
- Guitar Genius Vol. 2 (AMC, 1992)
- Hommage a...Rene Thomas (Timeless, 1994)
- Toshiko Akiyoshi, United Notions (MetroJazz, 1958)
- Chet Baker, Chet Is Back! (RCA Victor, 1962)
- Lou Bennett, Echoes & Rhythms of My Church (Bel Air, 1964)
- Lou Bennett, Pentacostal Feeling (Philips, 1966)
- Sonny Criss, Mr Blues Pour Flirter (Brunswick, 1963)
- Stan Getz, Dynasty (Verve, 1971)
- Ingfried Hoffmann, Hammond Tales (Philips, 1963)
- Daniel Humair, Surrounded 1964/87 (Blue Flame 1987)
- Bobby Jaspar, The Bobby Jaspar Quartet at Ronnie Scott's 1962 (Mole, 1986)
- John Lewis, A Milanese Story (Atlantic, 1962)
- Bud Powell, Parisian Thoroughfares (Pablo, 2003)
- Sonny Rollins, Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass (MetroJazz, 1958)
- Jack Sels, Jack Sels (Best Seller 1978)
- Lucky Thompson, A Lucky Songbook in Europe (MPS, 1969)
- Yanow, Scott. "René Thomas". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- John Wilson (13 April 1990). "Sounds Around Town". The New York Times.
- "Rene Thomas, 47, Guitarist, With Rollins, Getz and Baker". The New York Times. 6 January 1975. Retrieved 12 December 2016.