Presenting/Live at the Village Vanguard/The Big Band Sound

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The U.K. label BGO compiled three stellar albums by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra dating from 1966 and 1967: their debut, Presenting the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Live at the Village Vanguard, and The Big Band Sounds with Miss Ruth Brown. The band began with a group of session players informally gathering at a local N.Y. bar to jam. They eventually coalesced into a crack unit that was able to seamlessly meld big-band swing, bebop, and hard bop in a harmonically rich, rhythmically complex, hard-swinging music, driven by Lewis' unique drum kit style and Thad Jones' unique compositional and arranging skills. They played their first gig on a Monday night at the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The U.K. label BGO compiled three stellar albums by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra dating from 1966 and 1967: their debut, Presenting the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Live at the Village Vanguard, and The Big Band Sounds with Miss Ruth Brown. The band began with a group of session players informally gathering at a local N.Y. bar to jam. They eventually coalesced into a crack unit that was able to seamlessly meld big-band swing, bebop, and hard bop in a harmonically rich, rhythmically complex, hard-swinging music, driven by Lewis' unique drum kit style and Thad Jones' unique compositional and arranging skills. They played their first gig on a Monday night at the Village Vanguard -- at that time they were closed on Mondays. It became a regular engagement for the group shortly thereafter. Presenting was recorded in 1966 and featured a fine program of Jones originals; his writing and arranging skills were wildly advanced, and intellectually stimulating for players while simultaneously being dramatic and extremely dynamic, which made for enjoyable listening. The evidence for this is heard on Live at the Village Vanguard, recorded in 1967 after the group had been together for just under a year. Check the opening "Little Pixie" near the end of disc one that begins as a typical big-band groover and becomes a hard bop stomper, with ringing layers of horns and galloping drums. For evidence of the intellectual, check disc two's winding, labyrinthine brass against Jones' trumpet in "Samba con Gertchu." As bright and seductive as the horns are, the rhythm section combines bossa, samba, Afro-Cuban son, and bop in a seamless meld. Disc two closes with Brown fronting the band. While this might seem like a put-off after the exhilaration of the first two albums, it's anything but. Once more, the genius of Jones' charts not only supports the vocalist in a unique manner, but creates an irresistible backdrop of fingerpopping grooves around her phrasing. The best examples are in the uptempo "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," "Black Coffee," which begins as a tone poem and slips almost imperceptibly into a blues, the big-band soul of "You Won't Let Me Go," and the sultry, strutting closer "Fine Brown Frame." The remastered sound is warm, balanced, and dynamically rich, offering a fine reminder of how great this outfit was.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261210685
  • Catalog Number: 6121068
  • Sales rank: 60,831

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Once Around - Jazz Orchestra (5:32)
  2. 2 Willow Weep for Me - Jazz Orchestra (5:41)
  3. 3 Balanced Scales = Justice - Jazz Orchestra (5:05)
  4. 4 Three in One - Jazz Orchestra (5:54)
  5. 5 Mean What You Say - Jazz Orchestra (5:37)
  6. 6 Don't Ever Leave Me - Jazz Orchestra (4:39)
  7. 7 ABC Blues - Jazz Orchestra (13:04)
  8. 8 Little Pixie (10:45)
  9. 9 'A' That's Freedom (7:08)
  10. 10 Bacha Feeling (7:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don't Git Sassy (7:30)
  2. 2 Willow Tree (5:09)
  3. 3 Samba Con Getchu (12:24)
  4. 4 Yes Sir That's My Baby (3:39)
  5. 5 Trouble In Mind (4:10)
  6. 6 Sonny Boy (3:36)
  7. 7 By Bye Blackbird (2:34)
  8. 8 I'm Gonna Move To the Outskirts of Town (4:19)
  9. 9 Black Coffee (4:30)
  10. 10 Be Anything (But Be Mine) (5:46)
  11. 11 You Won't Let Me Go (4:22)
  12. 12 Fine Brown Frame - Mel Lewis (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra Primary Artist
Thad Jones Indexed Contributor, Flugelhorn, Leader
Pepper Adams Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Bill Berry Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer Trombone
Richard Davis Bass
Hank Jones Piano
Mel Lewis Drums, Leader
Jerome Richardson Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Danny Stiles Trumpet
Garnett Brown Trombone
Eddie Daniels Clarinet, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Farrell Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Roland Hanna Piano
Cliff Heather Trombone
Sam Herman Guitar, Shaker
Tom McIntosh Trombone
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Snooky Young Trumpet
Jack Rains Trombone
Jerry Dodgion Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Richard Williams Trumpet
Technical Credits
Bob Brookmeyer Arranger
Al Jolson Composer
Thad Jones Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Mel Lewis Liner Notes
Andy Razaf Composer
Manny Albam Musical Director
Garnett Brown Arranger
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Sonny Lester Producer
Tom McIntosh Arranger
Waller Composer
Charles Waring Liner Notes
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Ronell Composer
Weldon Composer
Cartiero Composer
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