Mel Lewis 'Cute' Neal Hefti

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Swiss TV-Produktion 1984 "Jazz-in" Mel Lewis drums, Horst Jankowski piano, Jean Toots Thielemans harmonica, Mads Vinding bass, Pierre Cavalli guitar

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Mel was my grandfather and i just want to say it's very nice to see that he still inspires people today. thanks for the great video!

Author — Matthew Lowell

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im playing this song in jazz, and quite honestly, my drummer cant COMPARE to this guy (though i never heard of him). my drummer plays w/ brushes, but he only innovates his solo for an extra 2 measures. This guy can use sticks AND sound soft while inventing an awesome solo and keeping time. MEL LEWIS IS AWESOME

Author — 92reactor

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Great! I saw this as a kid and was immediately captured by the playing of Horst! He's such a great pianist! Like many, gone too early... I'd like to see a vid where Horst is playing the rhodes...

Author — Fandorin76

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This drum solo is cool and demonstrates a lot of things..one being DYNAMICS!! Oh how we wish drummers could be aware they can control dynamics in a band if they were to exercise that power to do so.

Author — Lynn Claughton

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Who forget Mel Lewis`s incredible big band drumming on `Kenton in Hi-Fi` recorded around 1958? He had a big fat sound totally suitable for the Kenton Band with monster fills. By far the best Kenton drummer of all time.

Author — Colin Seymour

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More superb playing from the Master, Mel Lewis ~

Author — MarkR1957

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Just saw Pete Malinverni's trio, with Eliot Zigmund on drums and yes, dynamics were one of the things that floored me about Eliot's playing too.. same with Mel (one of my favorites). I wish *all* instrumentalists were a bit more aware of the power of using dynamics as part of their playing.

Author — Sprongles95

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The most exciting solo on this piece was Horst Jankowski, a beautiful bit of piano playing.

Author — John Perks

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"The drummer is fairly mediocre".
What??? This is Mel Lewis . . . one of the greatest drummers in music history.
Mel didn't rely on fast chops, like so many others do. His style of playing, and his concept, were quite unique. He was extremely musical, very creative, and could swing a band, big or small, as well - if not better - than any other drummer.
Just because a drummer does not play loud and fast all the time does NOT make him "fairly mediocre".
Quite the jackass statement, sambamac.

Author — MarkR1957

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Yeah, Mel! Saw him in ’68 at the Berkeley Jazz Festival. Cats like Jeff Hamilton have nothing but big ups for this master. Also, Horst Jankowski! When I was a kid, he had a Top 40 hit with “A Walk In The Black Forest.” Nice to see him playing with Toots and Mel! Thanks for posting.

Author — Tim Wilbur

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Wow - superb playing!
I'm just happy that this was recorded & available to us, to both learn from & use to inspire others (ie drumming students) specially in the sublime art of brush work.
Unfortunately Mr. Mel Lewis has always remained somewhat underrated in comparison to his peers, this sample of his playing shows how foolish you'd be to ignore his extremely valuable contribution to the evolvement of drumming. A big & definite Thank You for uploading!

Author — Yoseph Joe Levy

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the solo is beautiful. I love the mellow hypnotic stuff he was doing with the China.

Author — Goldhawk Road

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I have a great trio CD by Pete with Mel at the drums.
A fantastic record. Mel uses brushes on a lot of the date, and sounds superb.
There are also a few very tasty, musical and dynamic drum solos by Mel.

Author — MarkR1957

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I didn't know Luke Skywalker played upright....

Author — Anthony Panek

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A true master, and among the very great big band drummers in history.

Author — Zach Barnhart

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This is the first time I've ever seen Jankowski play the piano. Heard him plenty, but never saw him actually play.

Author — InvestorGuy66

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I'm not that big on "Cute" but this version is pretty darned good.

Author — Zack Stewart

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he tuned drums lower than other jazz drummers, and they sounds very nice.

Author — Andrej Petković

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Just superb. And so fresh. Sure, you can quibble with the sound mixing. I personally like the reverb, but I'm a little strange that way. Was this played in G-flat? What a marvelously beautiful key - and a challenge for a pianist. But this guy evidently loved playing it!

Author — John Novaria

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I got introduced to Mel Lewis along with Thad Jones around 1970 (+ -). What creative, innovative beautiful sounds and good times.

Author — Pat Cattin