Saturday, June 1, 2013

Gil Mellé - Patterns in Jazz (Feat. Joe Cinderella)

Like the modern art that stormed the art world in the '50s, Patterns in Jazz, Gil Mellé's debut album for Blue Note, is filled with bright, bold colors and identifiable patterns that camouflage how adventurous the work actually is. On the surface, the music is cool and laid-back, but close listening reveals the invention in Mellé's compositions and arrangements of the standards "Moonlight in Vermont" and "Long Ago and Far Away." Part of the charm of Patterns in Jazz is the unusual instrumental balance of Mellé's bari sax, Eddie Bert's trombone, Joe Cinderella's guitar, and Oscar Pettiford's bass. These low, throaty instruments sound surprisingly light and swinging. Compared to the two standards, Mellé's original compositions are a little short on melody, but they give the musicians room to improvise, resulting in some dynamic music. Ultimately, Patterns in Jazz is cerebral music that swings — it's entertaining, but stimulating.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Gil Mellé
Patterns in Jazz


1 The Set Break (Mellé)  4:50
2 Weird Valley (Mellé)  5:15
3 Moonlight in Vermont (Blackburn, Suessdorf)  9:07
4 Long Ago (And Far Away) (Gershwin, Kern)  8:18
5 The Arab Barber Blues (Mellé)  5:55
6 Nice Questions (Mellé)  4:33


Gil Mellé - bs
Eddie Bert - tb
Joe Cinderella - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Ed Thigpen - dr

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; April 1, 1956

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Gil Mellé was a 20th century renaissance man, a unique individual with wide interests and many talents. In his life he wrote over 125 film scores, was a pioneer in experimenting with electronic music, built computers and synthesizers, was a notable painter, piloted planes, restored automobiles and airplanes, and was a visual artist whose art was used on the cover of records by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk. Musically he never stood still or fit easily into any category. Early on Mellé was a highly skilled baritone-saxophonist with his own sound and approach, performing at the Village Vanguard before he was even old enough to have a drivers license. Patterns In Jazz from 1956 is Gil Mellé's definitive straight-ahead jazz recording. The music is colorful and adventurous, laidback but eminently approachable. Teamed in a quintet with trombonist Eddie Bert and guitarist Joe Cinderella, the emphasis is on low tones, bright colors and surprising patterns, whether on Mellé’s originals or inventive rearrangements of “Moonlight In Vermont” and “Long Ago And Far Away”. Blue Note engineer Rudy Van Gelder seemed to have a special affinity for Mellé’s music since all of the Mellé sessions recorded in Van Gelder’s studio are sonically exceptional, including this one. The music on this rare gem is as unique, unusual and memorable as is Gil Mellé himself.

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Ricky said...

Looks very interesting, thanks!

the jazzman said...

Thank you.

wightdj said...

Nice to find this one. Thanks.

jiiiiiiiq said...

Thank you Mr Mel, you too are a gem.

LaroSwing said...

Thank you again!

Melanchthon said...

cvllos said...

Thanks, Melanchthon!
Good taste.

onxidlib said...

While listening to the Prestige recordings og Mr. Melle I was searching the web for the Blue Note recordings of him....
Thank you Melanchthon - appreciated!

neil said...

Can't find my copy; so thanks for this, mel...

Benjamin Riley said...

Hi, Mel--Could you repost these on ZippyShare? Many thanks--Benjamin