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
Years active1940s–1975
LabelsVogue, Barclay, Polydor, Jazzland, RCA
Associated actsThe Bob Shots

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

In the early 1950s, he moved to Paris 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]


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]


  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.