Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band drum solo

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September 3, 1969 in Soborg, Denmark
The track is "Once Around" by Thad Jones, from their first album. Second half of the chart only.
Thanks to 1966gretsch and MarkR1957 for the info.
The complete track now on youtube Xy5xSrGHdyE .

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There is something I must say about Mel Lewis. The word is Subtle. he expresses himself like a great painter. No demonstration of speed here or super chops. Mel is reminding me of that small but significant ocean wave that brushes the shore but that wave can really surprise you. Dizzy Gillespie once called. The late great max roach a painter. Mel Lewis fits that description too. A percussion painter

Author — Ray Szymarek

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You can tell Mel is almost in a trance like state at the sounds and feel of the old K Zildjians and the feel of the skins as he's playing. He's really a drummers drummer who appreciates the long history of drumming and percussion playing.

Author — TheSlammintone

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The beat from Buffalo... great expression from him

Author — donandannie4u2

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the best of the best -- thanks for posting that. I've seen that band here in NY many times (post-Thad and they still sound great now, post-Mel).

Author — Greg Burrows

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I just got this concert on DVD.
Great to hear the whole set and to see it on a big screen run thru a nice stereo.

"Once Around" is my favorite Thad Jones chart.
One of the best big band charts ever.

This was a superb band, and Mel was unbelievable ~

Author — MarkR1957

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Honestly one of the finest jazz drummers of this century.
Mel is a true example of what great jazz drumming is.

Author — Dylan Gatenby

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Actually, I found it LUCKILY on Ebay, from some guy in France who had a copy. Where he got it I do not know. I think I got it for about ten dollars. What a deal!
Yes, this band was absolutely stellar. Mel is my favorite drummer/musician of all time, and so many of Thad's charts are just so great.
All I can say is check out the web every so often for it, and you might get lucky like I did.

Author — MarkR1957

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your grandad influenced me greatly-thanks be to the music he created!

Author — Hayes Smith

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Terrific orchestra, thankfully still going now as the VJO. Great clip.

Author — STDunne

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Mel Lewis was one of my early influences. I first heard him with the Stan Kenton band of the '50s. He always had a cool, modern feel to his playing; always tasty and articulate. As a kid, I used to put on "Artistry Jumps" and try to play along. What a great drummer...

Author — Paul Scarpelli

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This is great clip - the one thing I LOVE about these old jazz drummers is that (and I don't mean this in a negative way) is that they were so loose that at times it sounds a little sloppy BUT that is what makes jazz such incredible music - no quantizing and trying to be perfect - just throwing it down.

Author — rtweber37

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The first time I heard this I actually thought it was bad. I now have turned into a fan of the "Tailor". I feel like the person staring at the painting for hours and finally saying...."now I'm starting to see it". Who knows how many times I have watched this, but "now I'm starting to see it"

Author — Leedysgladstones

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The chart is called "Once Around", written by Thad Jones, from their first album. What is represented here is the last half of the chart. Missing are the trumpet, baritone and piano solos leading up to Mel's solo.

Author — MarkR1957

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Mel Lewis is a terrific player.
One of my favorites. I have so many, Morello, Rich, Roach, Bellson, Shaughnessy, Dawson,
Williams, Dejohnette, Philly Joe,
Elvin, etc.
So many of todays drummers could learn a thing or two from so
many of these old players.

Author — Dylan Gatenby

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Yes, Eddie Daniels was on that band for a while. I see Cliff Heather on bass bone too. What an innovative band.

Author — rmo52

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Mel Lewis is one of the greatest ever Big Band drummers. His articulation, understanding and dynamic response to the band was outstanding. The structure of this solo which is so integerated into the tune is beautifuly thought out and played

Author — Mark Huggett

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I wish I had a chance to see Mel Lewis live at the Village Vanguard. I heard he played there every Monday night for many years. He was very opiniated about drums and drummers but he knew what he was talking about.

Author — Goldhawk Road

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That´s real Jazz!There´s not enough Mel videos on You Tube!Thanks!

Author — vova47

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I used to catch their shows whenever they played San Francisco in the seventies and eighties. TJ/ML and The Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band were my two favorites from that period. Unfortunately, the latter never played the Bay Area.

Author — Steve Kirschenbaum

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Them please tell your grandma that there are some people, myself included, who condider Mel Lewis to be the greatest drummer of all time, and his bands, with Thad and The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, where second to none ~

Author — MarkR1957