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Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard
     

Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard

by The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
 
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is in top form during these early 2008 live performances at its namesake nightclub, where its ancestor, The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra held court on Monday night for years. Led by conductor/arranger Jim McNeely (with Michael Weiss playing piano on most tracks), the bulk of the material in

Overview

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is in top form during these early 2008 live performances at its namesake nightclub, where its ancestor, The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra held court on Monday night for years. Led by conductor/arranger Jim McNeely (with Michael Weiss playing piano on most tracks), the bulk of the material in this two-disc set consists of charts by the late Thad Jones. Weiss transcribed Jones' "Mean What You Say" (a top-notch arrangement written without a score), producing swinging results. Jones' scoring of pop star Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" still sounds very fresh, showcasing Dick Oatts on piccolo and soprano sax. Bob Brookmeyer, one of the founding members of the Jones-Lewis Orchestra, contributed the unusual setting of "St. Louis Blues," it begins with an ominous air before moving on to swing. McNeely's amusing Latin-flavored "Las Cucarachas Entron" was inspired in part by a Spanish-language marketing campaign for the pest control product The Roach Motel. Unfortunately, longtime bassist Dennis Irwin was near the end of his battle with cancer and unable to take part in these performances, though Phil Palombi spells his ill predecessor very well.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
Label:
Planet Arts
UPC:
0820428105084
catalogNumber:
105084

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Performance Credits

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Jim McNeely   Piano
Luis Bonilla   Trombone
Ralph Lalama   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Gary Smulyan   Baritone Saxophone
Michael Weiss   Piano
John Clark   French Horn
John Mosca   Trombone
Dick Oatts   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Douglas Purviance   Trombone
John Riley   Drums
Terell Stafford   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Scott Wendholt   Trumpet
Rich Perry   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Greene   Trumpet
Phil Palombi   Upright Bass
Billy Drewes   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jason Jackson   Trombone
Nick Marchione   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Bob Brookmeyer   Arranger
Thad Jones   Arranger,Composer
Jim McNeely   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Michael Weiss   Arranger
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Douglas Purviance   Audio Production
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Jerry Dodgion   Arranger
Thomas Bellino   Audio Production

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