Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Wonderful World of Jazz of John Lewis

There is nothing hurried about this disc. That said, the music is focused and will stretch your mind. Lewis employed masterful melodic improvisers here : Paul Gonsalves, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre, Jim Hall among others. Listen to "Body and Soul" as it builds powerfully and the soloists explore every possible melodic theme, where the quiet power of these master musicians is almost too much to take. Listen to "I Remember Clifford" where the players are essentially the MJQ with Jim Hall replacing Milt Jackson. Listen to "The Stranger" (written by a young Arif Mardin) with that harmonious-yet-discordant brass. This set swings, but oh-so-elegantly. Just like Mr. Lewis.
Steven C. Berry

Source :

John Lewis
The Wonderful
World of Jazz
(Atlantic 7 90979-2)


1 Body and Soul (Green, Sour, Heyman, Eyton)  15:42
2 I Should Care (Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Weston)  4:50
3 Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West (Lewis)  5:35
4 Afternoon in Paris (Lewis)  9:55
5 I Remember Clifford (Golson)  3:25
6 The Stranger (Mardin)  5:39
7 If You Could See Me Now (Dameron)  10:21


[# 1]
John Lewis - p
Herb Pomeroy - tp
Paul Gonsalves - ts
Jim Hall - g
George Duvivier - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded at Capitol Studios, New York City ; September 8, 1960
[# 4 & 6]
John Lewis - p
Herb Pomeroy - tp
Gunther Schuller - fr hrn
Eric Dolphy - as
Benny Golson - ts
Jimmy Giuffre - bs
Jim Hall - g
George Duvivier - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded same place as above ; September 9, 1960
[# 2, 3, 5 & 7]
John Lewis - p
Jim Hall - g
George Duvivier - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded same place as above ; July 29, 1960

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Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks for today's jewels, Mel. Jazz in vein...

kalvesta said...

Many thanks, Mel. Your old "melanchthon" password isn't working and I am not able to download the new one at "pw" (they say your public traffic is exceeded). Password help appreciated...


Emilie Yung said...

Please Re-up

Melanchthon said...

Historicus said...

Thank you for this reupload!

Rodney said...

Thank you, mel

crispi said...

Hi Mel! Thanks for the re-up.

I applaud the fact that you included the catalogue number after the album title. It was something I respectfully wanted to ask if you can do more often, so that we know what edition of an album you are posting.

crispi said...

Heh, so after writing the comment and actually downloading the music, I saw that this was NOT in fact the edition. You posted a Japanese one. All the better, but it would have been to know beforehand... Or am I the only one who cares about these things?

And by the way, thanks a lot. It will be the first time that I hear this album.

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deGallo said...

Thank you.

Pee said...

I think this is fantastic. Jim Hall is a great partner with John Lewis and having some awesome horns like Gonsalves and Dolphy makes it even better. Understated perhaps, but super smooth, cool, and definitely worth a listen. Thank you Mel!

The Jackal said...


"2 degrees...." Is a great slow simple blues I first heard on "Desmond and friends" Interested to hear this version and the presences of Gonsalves Hall et al on the other tracks.
Would that Desmond album be in your world ?

francisco santos said...


Isidoro Macarena said...

muchas gracias

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a million Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Tarara Bumdiay said...

Many thanks.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Anonymous said...

Herb Pomeroy ! Thanks so much, MM.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!

cvllos said...

Wow, another lack of atention of mine! Precious, many thanks, Melanchthon!