Thad Jones Mel Lewis Big Band In Norway 1974

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We who love this music can be very thankful for the efforts of all the European TV stations which captured this and other great concerts of the great American art form.

Author — Harry Petersen

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Thank you for keeping the legacy of our Jones family alive! Long live King Thaddeus!

Author — Elvin Nathan Jones

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Now, this was a band! A lovely brooding Bob Brookmeyer arrangement too.
Ah, Jimmy Knepper! Such an underrated trombonist. Paid his dues with Mingus and also paid the price. Check out his spotlight feature “ Where Flamingoes Fly’” with Gil Evans.
Thanks for posting!

Author — jamespjohnson

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Probably my favorite big band. Thanks to my jazz band directors for being hip to this back in the 80s and having us play some of their arrangements. Also, Toshiko Akioshi big band.

Author — vargaso

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Personnel: Thad Jones, flugelhorn; Jon Faddis, Steve Furtado, Jim Bossy, Cecil Bridgewater, trumpets; Jimmy Knepper, Billy Campbell, Quentin "Butter" Jackson, Dave Taylor, trombones; Jerry Dodgion, Ed Xiques, Billy Harper, Ron Bridgewater, Pepper Adams, reeds; Walter Norris, piano; George Mraz, bass; Mel Lewis, drums.

Author — Bill Kirchner

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Such sweet, superb band playing, musicianship, contributions, friendly free fellowship, all such quality playing stylists to make us feel happy, glad, grateful, wondering at the whys of this great art and its constant threat of dying, or simply fading. This is a path, a monument, an aim, a great performing art.

Author — Phil Pryor

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Such a great orchestra. Thad’s solo in Willow Weep For Me is tremendous! George Mraz is special

Author — Ignacio Moran

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I love Mel's understated style. I try to play along with him but he owns it!

Author — Jusayin

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The Jones Lewis Big Band I remember was always considered a cut above the rest musically by the jazz musicians I worked with and this demonstrates why. Superb arrangements and playing. Wow some of those harmonies. Also big band drummers don't always have to hammer out phrases, Mel demonstrated the right way to play you can hear the subtle inflections in the other instruments because you can 'feel' him rather than 'hear' him stand out all the time. They are playing for the music as a whole and nothing else, not show boating etc. If the music is worth it give it the respect it deserves like Thad, Mel and all did. Thank you so much for posting this.

Author — David Speake

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Brand new archival footage of Thad/Mel band (now Vanguard Orchestra, going on their 51st year)!! Bless you for preserving and posting!

Author — m hampton

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A young 21-year-old Jon Faddis on lead trumpet! Marvelous band!

Author — dipsyfriday

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What a chance to watch such a rare vintage by the great Quentin "Butter"Jackson!

Author — MARCELLO MENTA SIMONSEN NICO

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Take your children or grandchildren to hear jazz....Support jazz in the schools. Donate unused instruments in good condition to your favorite jazz band. Middle school is not too soon OR elementary! We miss you, Mr Orrin Keepnews. Bon Voyage.

Author — Phyllis Petras

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Oh what a beautiful band, wonderful music beautifully played.

Author — STDunne

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La big band que marcó un camino! Maravillosos arreglos tocados por maravillosos musicos!

Author — Alfredo Remus

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c'est un immense plaisir que de renouveler cette écoute !

Author — yvan belmondo

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Love Jerry Dodgion’s melodic solo. Beautiful mellow sound on what can be piercing and thin.

Author — dallmat44

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As usual a beautiful place and great music... 😊🎶🎼

Author — Larry Dahle

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what a great band. Permanence is the key. most bands go out on the road for 14 weeks, and theres changes in personnel

Author — Andrew Chaplowitz

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Thad looks so much like Elvin, and sweats as much too. He's so great!!

Author — Panagiotakis Takis