It occurred to me around mid-afternoon that it would have been a good idea to use the band’s music as a supplement to the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis-Vanguard Orchestra Monday Recommendation. But, from the treasury of Thad & Mel performances on record and video, what to choose? The staff agreed unanimously; the band’s 1969 performance of Thad’s “Central Park North” at a 1969 concert in Denmark. As the featured soloists play, their names on the screen identify them. Everyone in the band is listed below the video.
Saxophones/Woodwinds: Jerome Richardson (lead), Jerry Dodgion, Joe Henderson, Eddie Daniels, Pepper Adams Trumpets: Al Porcino (Lead), Richard Williams, Snooky Young, Danny Moore Trombones: Eddie Bert (lead), Jimmy Knepper, Garnett Brown, Cliff Heather (bass) Rhythm: Roland Hanna (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Mel Lewis (drums)
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, 1969
Saxophones/Woodwinds: Jerome Richardson (lead), Jerry Dodgion, Joe Henderson, Eddie Daniels, Pepper Adams. Trumpets: Snooky Young (principal lead), Al Porcino, Richard Williams, Danny Moore. Trombones: Eddie Bert (lead), Jimmy Knepper, Astley Fennell, Cliff Heather (bass). Rhythm: Roland Hanna (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Mel Lewis (co-leader and drums). Thad Jones (co-leader and flugelhorn).
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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