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The bad news is that the remastering is poor, and the odd, unnatural, abrupt canned applause is jarring and distracting. Who could have thought this would be an improvement? Unbelievable!
This was always my favorite Thad/Mel album, full of performances worthy of detailed study and admiration. Try to ignore the problems, and enjoy the fantastic performances.
Mel Lewis was a definitive big band drummer. He had worked with Stan Kenton and Dizzy Gillepsie as well as Benny Goodman.
In 1965, these two greats got together and formed their orchestra. This cd captures the excitement of these performances. There is the swinging "Big Dipper" which Thad Jones wrote and arranged. The beautifully melodic "The Groove Merchant" is also on this cd - Mr Jones didn't write that one, but he does a incredible job arranging it and playing it.
This cd is a very good representation of the caliber of music that Thad Jones and Mel Lewis and their orchestra were producing. Treat your ears to some real jazz and buy this cd.
A schlocky job of remastering. A crying shame since this was a GREAT album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The swinging-est jazz big band in history.. Thad Jones is a relatively obscure
name in popular culture. He is one of the greatest musician/composers of the 20th century.
everything by thad and mel is great. am still looking for the album entitled thad jones mel lewis quartet with harold danko and rufus ried. hopefully someone can help me out.Published on November 24, 2012 by mike stebelamike stebela
If you're looking for something tranquil, you won't find it here. This is creative, high energy, big band jazz music at its best. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Don E. Marchione
First off, I have read other reviews of this album, speaking of it as if it were a studio album. This is a compilation of tracks from the albums "Central Park North" &... Read morePublished on April 12, 2009 by Keegan R. Lerch