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Lickety Split: The Music of Jim McNeely

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is the successor to the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra which began rehearsing in the Village Vanguard in 1966 and was led by Lewis after Jones' departure until the drummer's death in 1990; at the time of this recording pianist Jim McNeely a veteran of the Jones-Lewis band had been appointed composer-in-residence and also returned to play piano. McNeely's demanding charts keep the band's members on edge with the tricky changes of his "Extra Credit"; even more intricate is his very wild but thoroughly enjoyable "Absolution." The leader's playful tribute to Jones, "Thad," showcases his own formidable chops, as well as those of trombonist John Mosca ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is the successor to the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra which began rehearsing in the Village Vanguard in 1966 and was led by Lewis after Jones' departure until the drummer's death in 1990; at the time of this recording pianist Jim McNeely a veteran of the Jones-Lewis band had been appointed composer-in-residence and also returned to play piano. McNeely's demanding charts keep the band's members on edge with the tricky changes of his "Extra Credit"; even more intricate is his very wild but thoroughly enjoyable "Absolution." The leader's playful tribute to Jones, "Thad," showcases his own formidable chops, as well as those of trombonist John Mosca and trumpet player Scott Wendholt; there's also one dedicated to Lewis, "Mel," which even incorporates a bebop phrase that the late drummer always played at the end of each set. The only standard of the date is a haunting arrangement of "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," which McNeely drastically reharmonizes and features alto saxophonist Dick Oatts as its only soloist. This challenging music is well worth exploring.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1997
  • Label: New World Records
  • UPC: 093228053422
  • Catalog Number: 80534
  • Sales rank: 130,195

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Extra Credit (8:51)
  2. 2 Thad (12:02)
  3. 3 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (7:41)
  4. 4 Lickety Split (7:51)
  5. 5 Absolution (8:17)
  6. 6 Sticks (7:37)
  7. 7 Reflection (8:37)
  8. 8 Mel (8:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
Jim McNeely Piano, Leader
Dennis Irwin Bass
Ralph Lalama Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Gary Smulyan Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Glenn Drewes Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Earl Gardner Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Earl McIntyre Bass Trombone
John Mosca Trombone
Joe Mosello Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ed Neumeister Trombone
Dick Oatts Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Douglas Purviance Trombone, Bass Trombone
John Riley Drums
Scott Wendholt Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rich Perry Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Drewes Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jim McNeely Arranger, Composer
Stuart J. Allyn Engineer
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