Thad Jones Legacy

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All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is, of course, the highly acclaimed successor to the original Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, founded in 1966. This long overdue and loving tribute to the late bandleader and trumpeter Thad Jones appropriately features eight tunes penned by Thad and one by his brother, Hank Jones, with all the pieces arranged by Thad. The VJO highlights many of the best New York City studio musicians, as well as others, such as trombonist Ed Neumeister and pianist Jim McNeely, who are well-known as leaders of their own groups. The huge talent represented here makes everything played a joyful romp through the works of an underrated but very talented composer and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is, of course, the highly acclaimed successor to the original Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, founded in 1966. This long overdue and loving tribute to the late bandleader and trumpeter Thad Jones appropriately features eight tunes penned by Thad and one by his brother, Hank Jones, with all the pieces arranged by Thad. The VJO highlights many of the best New York City studio musicians, as well as others, such as trombonist Ed Neumeister and pianist Jim McNeely, who are well-known as leaders of their own groups. The huge talent represented here makes everything played a joyful romp through the works of an underrated but very talented composer and arranger. It is not difficult to realize the appeal of the band through the years, as the tight playing, strong improvisations, and accessible harmonies snare the listener. Highlights abound, including fine contributions by trombonist John Mosca, pianist McNeely, soprano saxophonist Billy Drewes, and tenor saxophonist Rich Perry. With detailed notes, abridged bibliographies on Thad Jones' work, and a selected discography of his major recordings, this package should satisfy admirers of the trumpeter and of the modern big band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: New World Records
  • UPC: 093228058120
  • Catalog Number: 80581
  • Sales rank: 76,210

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
Jim McNeely Piano
Dennis Irwin Bass
Ralph Lalama Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Gary Smulyan Baritone Saxophone
Glenn Drewes Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Earl Gardner Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Leader
John Mosca Trombone
Joe Mosello Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ed Neumeister Trombone
Dick Oatts Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Douglas Purviance Bass Trombone
John Riley Drums
Scott Wendholt Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rich Perry Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Drewes Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Jason Jackson Trombone
Technical Credits
Thad Jones Arranger
Stuart J. Allyn Engineer
George Blood Mastering
Dick Oatts Art Direction
Douglas Purviance Producer, Executive Producer
Francis Davis Liner Notes
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Producer
Peter Wayne Cover Art
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