Friday, April 9, 2010

Thad JONES & Mel LEWIS Jazz Orchestra - Monday Night (Live) 1968

Thad JONES & Mel LEWIS Jazz Orchestra - Monday Night (Live)  1968
1969 Issue. UAS 29016
Recorded at The Village Vanguard, New York on October 1968


For over three decades the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has been committed to engaging audiences in jazz and related American music experiences. The orchestra serves as a creative outlet for some of the nation's foremost performers, composers, and arrangers. One of the driving forces behind the longevity and artistic excellence of this ensemble is a commitment to the original Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra precepts of sound and the nurturing and encouragement of creativity and experimentation in the creators, performers and listeners of jazz.
The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra was one of the most significant big bands of the late '60s, a most unpromising era for larger jazz orchestras. This live session from the band's regular Monday night gig at the Village Vanguard has strong solos from altoist Jerry Dodgion, Eddie Daniels and Seldon Powell on tenors, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, a bit of plunger trumpet from Jimmy Nottingham, pianist Roland Hanna and trumpeter Richard Williams in addition to Thad Jones himself. Most impressive is Bob Brookmeyer's adventurous arrangement of "St. Louis Blues." The contents of this out-of-print LP have been included in the Mosaic box set The Complete Solid State Thad Jones/Mel Lewis.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
Thad Jones– Flugelhorn
Roland Hanna– Piano
Richard Davis– Bass
Jerome Richardson– alto Sax
Jerry Dodgion– alto Sax
Seldon Powell– Tenor sax
Eddie Daniels– Tenor Sax
Pepper Adams– Baritone sax
Richard Williams– Trumpet
Snooky Young– Trumpet
Danny Moore– Trumpet
Jimmy Nottingham– Trumpet
Jimmy Knepper– Trombone
Garnett Brown– Trombone
Jimmy Cleveland– Trombone
Cliff Heather– Trombone
Mel Lewis– Drums

A1. Mornin' Reverend   4:40
A2. Kids are Pretty People   5:55
A3. St. Louis Blues   12:29
B1. The Waltz You "Swang" for Me   5:15
B2. Say it Softly   6:35
B3. The Second Race   7:05

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