Saturday, 14 November 2009

''Presenting Thad Jones / Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra''

Thad Jones, Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra

''Presenting Thad Jones / Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra''
( LP Solid State Records, 1966 )
Catalog # SS-18003

1. "Once Around" – 5:24
2. "Willow Weep for Me" – 5:34
3. "Balanced Scales = Justice" – 4:58
4. "Three In One" – 5:45
5. "Mean What You Say" – 5:26
6. "Don't Ever Leave Me" – 4:33
7. "A B C Blues" – 12:53

Thad Jones – flugelhorn
Mel Lewis – drums
Hank Jones – piano
Richard Davis – bass
Jerome Richardson – saxophone
Jerry Dodgion – saxophone
Joe Farrell – saxophone
Eddie Daniels – saxophone
Pepper Adams – saxophone
Richard Williams – trumpet
Danny Stiles – trumpet
Bill Berry – trumpet
Jimmy Nottingham – trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer – trombone
Jack Rains – trombone
Tom McIntosh – trombone
Cliff Heather – trombone

Original vinyl rip with scans

Presenting Thad Jones / Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra is a 1966 big band jazz album recorded by the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and released on the Solid State Records label. It is the debut release by the orchestra (although an earlier live session recording would eventually be released as Opening Night). All tracks are also included on Mosaic's limited edition boxed set, The Complete Solid State Recordings of the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra.
From Wikipedia

The debut recording of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, which has been reissued as part of Mosaic's large Thad Jones box, launched a mighty (if part-time) all-star big band. With arrangements by Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and Tom McIntosh and such soloists as baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Hank Jones, valve trombonist Brookmeyer, Jerome Richardson on various reeds, altoist Jerry Dodgion, and Joe Farrell and Eddie Daniels on tenors (in addition to flugelhornist Jones), it is not surprising that the orchestra was soon rated near the top. Among the seven selections are four Thad Jones originals (including "Mean What You Say"), "Willow Weep for Me," and Brookmeyer's lengthy "ABC Blues."
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

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