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Thad Jones Legacy
     

Thad Jones Legacy

by The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
New World Records
UPC:
0093228058120
catalogNumber:
80581

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Dick Oatts   Art Direction
Douglas Purviance   Producer,Executive Producer
Francis Davis   Liner Notes
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra   Producer
Peter Wayne   Cover Art

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