Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

Resonance, 2016CD
Instrument: Trumpet

Issue: 22.2

Jazz Ruler Type: BigBand
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: February 2016 makes the 50th Anniversary of the first performance and recording of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. They were a swinging, large ensemble with a solid groove that never quit! Their sound is considered unrivaled even today by many jazz lovers. The brass interplay is outstanding backed by a solid rhythm section with Hank Jones (p), Sam Herman (g, perc), Richard Davis (b), Mel Lewis (d) and arranger/conductor Thad Jones (t). Among the star-studded member of the brass are Bob Brookmeyer (tb), Snooky Young (t), Eddie Daniels (ts, cl) and ‘Doc’ Holladay (sax). This 2-disc set on Resonance Records is supported with excellent liner notes and is a worthy addition to any serious jazz collection.


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