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7 Classic Albums - Thad Jones [Box set, Import]

Thad Jones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Real Gone Jazz
  • ASIN: B008NIS3FA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Get Out Of Town
2. One More
3. Bitty Ditty
4. More Of The Same
5. Elusive
6. Sombre Intrusion
7. I Can't Get Started
8. I'll Remember April
9. You Don't Know What Love Is
10. Let's Play One
11. Minor On Top
12. Like Old Times
13. No Refill
14. April In Paris
15. Billie-Doo
16. If I Love Again
17. If Someone Had Told Me
18. Theolia
19. Slipped Again
20. Ill Wind
See all 39 tracks on this disc

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EU-only four CD set containing seven albums from the Jazz great: The Fabulous Thad Jones, Motor City Scene, The Magnificent Thad Jones Vol 3, After Hours, Mad Thad, Detroit New York Junction and Love Walked In .

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNDERRATED TRUMPET PLAYER December 15, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is another fine collection of albums by an overlooked artist. Thad Jones (brother of drummer Elvin and pianist Hank) recorded a number of good/fine albums in the 1950's. The seven albums here are from the years 1954-1959. The sound is crisp and clean. As usual, there's no notes in the booklet-just a listing of who plays on what-which is helpful. I already own a couple of these albums, but the chance to have Jones' (arguably) best work all in one set was to good to pass up, especially for the money. The albums range from 3 to 4 "stars", but every album has some gems of the era.

Jones never was really thought of as a soloist. His claim to fame is as an arranger and player in larger groups. His trumpet tone was bright and lively, yet he could blow on a ballad with sensitivity. Plus, his groups were always filled with great players who recognized his talent. Picking out highlights is pretty much a waste of time. You'll either hear Jones' bright, sensitive trumpet style, or you'll think, 'so what?'.

But listen to "The Fabulous Thad Jones" (1954), and I think you'll hear what I'm talking about. And just as impressive is the band-Jones, Charles Mingus-bass, Frank Wess-tenor sax/flute, Hank Jones or John Dennis-piano, and Kenny Clark or Max Roach-drums. Listen to tunes like "Get Out of Town" (with a good Mingus bass solo and some sparkling piano from Dennis), "One More" (with a hot Jones solo), "I Can't Get Started", or "I'll Remember April" for examples of Jones' ability to shape the music to the band.

Another fines set is "Mad Thad" (1957), with "Whisper Not", "Bird Song", or the title track as standouts. This album is about evenly split between two different groups.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reissue January 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't know if the English company taking the Blue Note and OJC compact discs or vinyl records. I have all of the original discs on the original labels--Prestige and Blue Note. I have them packed away. I wish I could compare the sound of the Blue Notes with these. Some day I will.The sound of the discs on the "Seven Classic Album" is really quite good. It sounds like they used compact discs--no pops or clicks. European copyrights now allow these Spanish and English "pirate" companies take these recordings and publish them without paying any royalties. it is not illegal and they do make recordings that are otherwise unavailable for a reasonable price or perhaps at all.

The point of this review is that most of the Blue Note records are out of print right now. They might be able to be purchased as very expensive Japanese reissues of Blue Note. The cost of this set is less than buying one Blue Note disc at full price and the sound is really quite good.

I am always for purchasing the original discs, i.e. purchasing the music on discs from the original label. I figure that those discs are made from the original tapes. It can make a huge difference in sound. Some of the Proper Box recordings have been so over filtered that you cannot hear the crisp, treble sound of a cymbal. The best example of this is the Proper Box set devoted to Fats Navarro versus the Savoy and Blue Note recordings. The Savoy and Blue Note recordings sound so much better than the Proper Box.

Anyway, I have to say that Thad Jones was a very special jazz musician. He was a good soloist, but it is really his writing and interpretation that makes him so great. He is also very clever in giving the songs he has written great names. Some of them are very descriptive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing tracks, another shoddy job from Real Gone Jazz August 25, 2013
By pilastr
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Buyer beware, these Real Gone Jazz releases are chock full of errors, poor transfers (sometimes), and even digital clipping! For instance, on the Thad Jones set the track "Chazzanova" was omitted from the album "The Fabulous Thad Jones" on Disc 1.
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