One More: The Summary: Music of Thad Jones, Vol. 2
A followup session to IPO's earlier Thad Jones tribute, One More: The Summary: Music of Thad Jones, Vol. 2, has pretty much the same personnel as the first release, with the addition of two Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra alumni, Eddie Daniels (tenor sax and clarinet) and John Mosca (trombone, subbing for an ailing Bob Brookmeyer), plus Kenny Washington taking over the drums from Mickey Roker. The remaining musicians, including pianist Hank Jones, trumpeter Jimmy Owens, tenor saxophonists Benny Golson, James Moody and Frank Wess, along with bassist Richard Davis are once more on hand, with arranger Mike Patterson also returning. Dedicated fans of Thad Jones writing will recognize most of the selections, though the compositions on this volume aren't as widely known as those on the earlier session. The friendly interplay between the veteran musicians, none of whom need to prove themselves by trying to outplay the others, is apparent throughout the selections. "Three and One" (the best known song on this disc) is an easygoing swinger with delicious ensemble work and fine solos by Jones, Mosca, Daniels (on clarinet), Owens (flugelhorn) and Davis. The easygoing bossa nova arrangement of "Don't Ever Leave Me" showcases Wess' exemplary flute solo, while the one piece not from Jones' extensive songbook is Jerome Richardson's gospel-inflected swinger "Groove Merchant." Those who love the music of Thad Jones should snap up this CD without hesitation and can soon expect a followup volume featuring many of these same musicians.