Saturday, May 18, 2013

Thad Jones - Debut

A harmonically advanced trumpeter/cornetist with a distinctive sound, as well as a talented arranger/composer, Thad Jones (the younger brother of Hank and older brother of Elvin) had a very productive career. Self-taught on trumpet, he started playing professionally with Hank Jones and Sonny Stitt when he was 16. After serving in the military (1943-1946), Jones worked in territory bands in the Midwest. During 1950-1953 he performed regularly with Billy Mitchell's quintet in Detroit and he made a few recordings with Charles Mingus (1954-1955). Jones became well-known during his long period (1954-1963) with Count Basie's Orchestra, taking a "Pop Goes the Weasel" chorus on "April in Paris," and sharing solo duties with Joe Newman. While with Basie, Jones had the opportunity to write some arrangements and he became a busy freelance writer after 1963. He joined the staff of CBS, co-led a quintet with Pepper Adams, and near the end of 1965, organized a big band with drummer Mel Lewis that from February 1966 on, played Monday nights at the Village Vanguard. During the next decade the orchestra (although always a part-time affair) became famous and gave Jones an outlet for his writing. He composed one standard ("A Child Is Born") along with many fine pieces including "Fingers," "Little Pixie," and "Tiptoe." Among the sidemen in the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra (which started out as an all-star group and later on featured younger players) were trumpeters Bill Berry, Danny Stiles, Richard Williams, Marvin Stamm, Snooky Young, and Jon Faddis, trombonists Bob Brookmeyer, Jimmy Knepper, and Quentin Jackson, the reeds of Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Eddie Daniels, Joe Farrell, Pepper Adams, and Billy Harper, pianists Hank Jones and Roland Hanna, and bassists Richard Davis and George Mraz. In 1978, Jones surprised Lewis by suddenly leaving the band and moving to Denmark, an action he never explained. He wrote for a radio orchestra and led his own group called Eclipse. In late 1984 Jones took over the leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra but within a year bad health forced him to retire. Thad Jones recorded as a leader for Debut (1954-1955), Blue Note, Period, United Artists, Roulette, Milestone, Solid State, Artists House, A&M, Metronome, and many of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra's best recordings have been reissued on a five-CD Mosaic box set.
Scott Yanow 

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Thad Jones
Thad Jones


1 Get Out Of Town (Porter)  8:46   
2 One More (Jones)  7:31   
3 Bitty Ditty (Jones)  5:15   
4 More Of The Same (Jones)  5:15   
5 Elusive (Jones)  4:53   
6 Sombre Intrusion (Jones)  2:48   
7 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  6:08   
8 I'll Remember April (Raye, DePaul, Johnston)  3:50   
9 You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye, DePaul)  3:31   
10 Chazzanova (Mingus)  3:43   
11 Get Out Of Town [alt. take] (Porter)  7:32   
12 One More [alt. take] (Jones)  4:01

[# 1, 2, 4, 7, 11 & 12]
Thad Jones - tp
John Dennis - p
Charles Mingus - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey ; March 10, 1955
[# 3, 5, 6, 8-10]
Thad Jones - tp
Frank Wess - ts & fl
Hank Jones - p
Charles Mingus - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey ; August 11, 1954


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

jose arboleda said...


Philo said...

Very tasty stuff! I am enjoying the music. Thanks.

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

neil said...

Didn't know that this existed; many thanks for Thad's first outing, mel...

Otis Foster said...

Thanks as always, melanchthon

CrunchyFrog said...

wonderful stuff! More Thad Jones!

jazzcat1228 said...

Excellent Thad release. Thank you, Mel!

Pablo said...

Hi Mel
it's possible to re up this CD.

thanks for all your work.