René Thomas in 7 Clips

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For some strange reason yesterday, I had a craving for guitarist René Thomas. I love the way he swings unevenly and the hip quality of his picking and sound of his guitar. Born in Belgium in 1927, Thomas moved to Paris and was deeply influenced by guitarist Jimmy Raney. In the 1960s, he often was featured as part of a trio with organist Eddy Louiss and Kenny Clarke. René Thomas died in 1975.

Here are seven Thomas video and audio clips:

Here's a 1963 recording of Thomas's Meeting...



Here's Meeting live with Thomas, Eddie Louiss on organ and Kenny Clarke on drums in 1970...



Here's Thomas with Louiss on organ, Bernard Lubat on drums and tenor saxophonist Stan Getz in 1971 playing Dum! Dum!...



Here's Thomas with Louiss on organ and Jean Louis Viale on drums in 1969 playing Thomas's Time for Manuel...



Here's Thomas with pianist Maurice Vander, bassist J.F. Jenny-Clarke on bass and Daniel Humair on drums playing Django Reinhardt's Manoir de mes Rêves in 1971...



Here's Thomas with saxophonist J.R. Monterose, pianist Hod O'Brien, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Albert “Tootie" Heath playing Milestones in 1960...



And here's Thomas, Luiss and Clarke playing Nardis in 1968...

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