Of the previously unreleased live recordings of the vastly underrated and under appreciated saxophonist Eli Lucky Thompson, the New York Times Nate Chinen writes:
The great saxophonist Lucky Thompson died in 2005, at 81. In musical terms his silence began much earlier: he gave his last known performances in the 1970s, after which he more or less disappeared, leading an itinerant life. (His outspoken disdain for the music business is often cited as motivation.) “New York City, 1964-65” (Uptown) captures him a decade before his self-exile, around the time of his landmark album “Lucky Strikes.” The newly unearthed material, from two distinct engagements, compounds our sense of what was lost when he withdrew from the scene.