René Thomas (guitarist)

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René Thomas
Born(1927-02-25)25 February 1927
Liège, Belgium
Died3 January 1975(1975-01-03) (aged 47)
Santander, Spain
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
Instrument(s)Guitar
Years active1940s–1975
LabelsVogue, Barclay, Polydor, Jazzland, RCA

René Thomas (25 February 1927 – 3 January 1975) was a Belgian jazz guitarist.[1]

In the early 1950s, he moved to Paris, France, and became part of the modern jazz scene, playing in the style of Jimmy Raney.[1] He spent brief periods in the United States from 1958 to 1962. Back in Europe, 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.[2]

Thomas died of a heart attack in Santander, Spain, at the age of 47 on 3 January 1975.[1][3]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Rene Thomas et Son Quintette (Vogue, 1955)
  • Guitar Groove (Jazzland, 1960)
  • Thomas/Jaspar 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)

As sideman[edit]

  • Bud Powell, Parisian Thoroughfares (1957-61) (Pablo, released 2003)
  • Sonny Rollins, Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass (MetroJazz, 1958)
  • Toshiko Akiyoshi, United Notions (MetroJazz, 1958)
  • Jack Sels, Jack Sels (1961) (Best Seller, released 1978)
  • Chet Baker, Chet Is Back! (RCA Victor, 1962)
  • Bobby Jaspar, The Bobby Jaspar Quartet at Ronnie Scott's 1962 (Mole, released 1986)
  • John Lewis, A Milanese Story (Atlantic, 1962)
  • Sonny Criss, Mr Blues Pour Flirter (Brunswick, 1963)
  • Ingfried Hoffmann, Hammond Tales (Philips, 1963)
  • Lou Bennett, Enfin! (RCA Victor, 1963)
  • Lou Bennett, Echoes and Rhythms of My Church (Bel Air, 1964)
  • Lou Bennett, Pentacostal Feeling (Philips, 1966)
  • Daniel Humair, Surrounded 1964/87 (Blue Flame, released 1987)
  • Lucky Thompson, A Lucky Songbook in Europe (MPS, 1969)
  • Stan Getz, Dynasty (Verve, 1971)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "René Thomas". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ John Wilson (13 April 1990). "Sounds Around Town". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Rene Thomas, 47, Guitarist, With Rollins, Getz and Baker". The New York Times. 6 January 1975. Retrieved 12 December 2016.