Sunday, March 28, 2010
Thad JONES, Mel LEWIS - Consummation 1970
One of the greatest records ever cut by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra way way more than a big band jazz session, and a fantastically hip batch of grooves that encompasses a wealth of styles! The Jones/Lewis group could sometimes sound a bit clunky and overhashed but on this set, they've got a surprisingly lyrical approach free-thinking and easily grooving, but with room for complicated solos and complex rhythms. All tracks are originals by Thad Jones and players include Roland Hanna on electric piano, David Spinozza on guitar, and a host of great talents on reeds and brass. Titles include the sweetly funky cuts "Us" and "Ahunk Ahunk", plus the tracks "Dedication", "Consummation", "Tiptoe", and "Fingers".
From Dusty Groove.
The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis big band was the harmonic and natural successor to the Count Basie band. With some of the best players of their era, its members included Joe Farrell, Jerome Richardson, Dee Dee Bridgewater (who often sang because her husband played sax in the band), Pepper Adams, Snooky Young...need I continue? Yes! How about Sir Roland Hanna, one of the great piano player/composers? I consider this album one of the best and most overlooked jazz albums of all time. As a sax player, all I can say is if you like big band jazz or Count Basie, you will love this album. It is a musicians' and audience favorite.
PS-One of the most beautiful jazz ballads ever written and covered by many jazz players is on this album: A Child Is Born.
Of the many albums recorded by the Thad JonesMel Lewis Orchestra, this was the greatest. This set introduced Jones' best-known composition, A Child Is Born, and also has a colorful rendition of his sly Tiptoe, and finds the big band ripping the roof off during the lengthy and very exciting Fingers. The all-star cast (which includes flugelhornist Jones, drummer Lewis, trumpeter Marvin Stamm, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, tenor great Billy Harper, the reeds of Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion and Eddie Daniels, keyboardist Roland Hanna, and bassist Richard Davis, among others) is well served by Thad Jones' inventive and swinging arrangements. A classic.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
Thad Jones- (Flugelhorn);
David Spinozza- (Guitar on 5, 6);
Eddie Daniels- (Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Sax);
Jerome Richardson- (Flute, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax);
Billy Harper- (Flute, Tenor Sax);
Joe Farrell, Pepper Adams, Richie Kamuca- (Clarinet, Baritone Sax);
Al Porcino, Marvin Stamm, Snooky Young- (Trumpet);
Dick Berg, Julius Watkins, James Buffington, Earl Chapin- (French Horn on 1, 8);
Eddie Bert, Jimmy Knepper, Benny Powell- (Trombone);
Cliff Heather- (Bass Trombone);
Howard Johnson- (Tuba on 1, 8);
Roland Hanna- (Piano, Electric Piano);
Mel Lewis- (Drums);
Richard Davis- (Electric Bass).
A1. Dedication 5:09
A2. It Only Happens Every Time 3:03
A3. Tiptoe 6:38
A4. A Child Is Born 4:04
A5. Us 3:33
B1. Ahunk Ahunk 7:54
B2. Fingers 10:35
B3. Consummation 5:08