Mel Lewis Big Band - Eye of the Hurricane (1980)

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Clip from Montreux Switzerland

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Incredible arrangement, and Joe Lov just slaying it at 27 years old !!

Author — Rob Reich

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His playing is so earthy and meditative/hypnotic. I could listed to it all day.

Author — Rick S

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Check out the complete track too, just to hear that entire ensemble section before Joe's awesome tenor solo. Wonderful arrangements of Herbie's compositions on this album all arranged by the great Bob Mintzer.

Author — Fawlty Tenor (All Things VST)

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Joe kills it here, as does the band. Bob Mintzer's great chart.

Author — Rob Scheps

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that cymbal solo at the end was hella good

Author — Lchavez 1989

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@MarksSax After Thad left and Mel became the band's only leader, he began to add more charts from various arrangers, in order to take the band in a fresh direction.
While the band still played the charts that Thad wrote, Mel also incorporated charts written by other arrangers, including Mintzer and Bob Brookmeyer, into the book ~

Author — MarkR1957

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In my life I've envied very few people ...
You're one of them
Bob

Author — Bob Hardy

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Thanx - I'm tryin to get all my clips back up - and rushing it a bit!

Author — Bob Hardy

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It's 1980. And the band is:-
Trumpets: Earl Gardner; John Marshall; Sino Salmenen; Joe Mosello.
French Horn: Stephanie Fauber
Trombones: John Mosca; Douglas Purviance; Earl McIntyre; Lee Robinson.
Saxophones: Dick Oatts; Steve Coleman; Gary Pribek; Richard Perry; Joe Lovano.
Piano: Jim McNeely. Bass: John Lockwood.
Drums: Mel Lewis
(Thanks again John)
Bob

Author — Bob Hardy

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This is from that live in montreux album in 1980. All of the charts were herbie tunes arr. by Bob Mintzer. He gave my high school the version of dolphin dance. It is pretty amazing. If anyone knows where I can get the cd of this or is willing to sell it I will buy. I have been looking for it for a long time!
-Josh

Author — Louis Armstrong

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I'm just wondering why the MLJO played Mintzer arrangements? They are great charts but don't they usually keep it "in-house" as far as the arrangements they play by members of the band and the lineage of Basie band - Thad/Mel band - VJO. Am I just missing the fact that Bob played in the Thad/Mel band?

Author — MarksSax

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After Thad et al. split.. Great reading of this ace tune, a bit faster than Herbie and the 18-pc is owning, even improving the head... Mr. Lovano hard at work and paying his dues, lol. Mr Lewis keeps the up-tempo up and gives a reasonably atmospheric 'hurricane' window-rattling solo. Under-rated band. Good post, thanks. peace

Author — Doc E

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Thanks for puttin this back up man...Are u gunna put the Dick Oatts feature "Make Me Smile" back up?

Author — Saxofiend251

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This can't be from '78, Joe didn't join the band until '80.

Author — miphka66

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Lovano joined in 1976. Check and listen to. 40th Anniversary album recorded in '76

Author — ed polk

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Hi
If it was up before .... it'll be up again!
Bob

Author — Bob Hardy

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Je possède le LP original et continue de l'écouter avec recueillement. Tous les thèmes de Hancock ont été orchestrés par Bob Mintzer, c'st la référence des références. Inutile d'essayer de faire mieux.

Author — JEAN COURTIOUX

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Bob, this isn't 1973, it's either 1978 or 1980

Author — trane1959

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Those guys were playing every Td at the village vanguard close to my house NY man...

Author — Marc Levy