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Mad About Thad

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Trumpeter Thad Jones, brother of pianist Hank and drummer Elvin, was probably best known as the co-leader of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, for which he composed and arranged a tremendous amount of material during the 1960s and 1970s. Jones' career as a composer is honored on this CD, which features many younger musicians -- including saxophonists Rob Derke, Ralph Lalama, and Steve Wilson; trumpeter David Smith; trombonist and tuba player Sam Burtis; trombonist Mark Meyers; pianists Art Hirahara and David Bryant; bassist Carlo DeRosa; and drummer Eric McPherson -- playing his compositions, of course including the standard "A Child Is Born." This is swinging, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Trumpeter Thad Jones, brother of pianist Hank and drummer Elvin, was probably best known as the co-leader of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, for which he composed and arranged a tremendous amount of material during the 1960s and 1970s. Jones' career as a composer is honored on this CD, which features many younger musicians -- including saxophonists Rob Derke, Ralph Lalama, and Steve Wilson; trumpeter David Smith; trombonist and tuba player Sam Burtis; trombonist Mark Meyers; pianists Art Hirahara and David Bryant; bassist Carlo DeRosa; and drummer Eric McPherson -- playing his compositions, of course including the standard "A Child Is Born." This is swinging, ultra-mainstream jazz by a largish ensemble, and while most younger jazz fans have probably rarely if ever spent any serious time listening to big bands, this CD very much shows the virtues of the form by exploring the repertoire of one of its acknowledged masters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Jazzheads
  • UPC: 809819118520
  • Catalog Number: 1185
  • Sales rank: 313,330

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bird Song (5:53)
  2. 2 Quiet Lady (8:46)
  3. 3 Mean What You Say (9:56)
  4. 4 A Child Is Born (6:51)
  5. 5 Lady Luck (5:41)
  6. 6 Three and One (6:40)
  7. 7 Evol Deklaw Ni (6:07)
  8. 8 Elusive (8:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
NYJAZZ Initiative Primary Artist
Ralph Lalama Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Steve Wilson Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Sam Burtis Trombone, Tuba, Soloist
Eric McPherson Drums
Art Hirahara Piano, Soloist
Mark Meyers Trombone
David Smith Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Carlo DeRosa Bass, Soloist
David Bryant Piano, Soloist
Rob Derke Ferony Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Technical Credits
Gene Paul Mastering
Richard Mantel Graphic Design
Jamie Polaski Mastering
Al Perrotta Engineer
Rob Derke Ferony Arranger, Liner Notes, Artistic Director
Justin Flynn Arranger
NYJAZZ Initiative Producer
Tob Wine Arranger
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