Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mel Lewis Septet

Although he was generally reluctant to solo, Mel Lewis was considered one of the definitive big band drummers, a musician who was best at driving an orchestra, but could also play quite well with smaller units. He started playing professionally when he was 15 and worked with the big bands of Boyd Raeburn (1948), Alvino Rey, Ray Anthony, and Tex Beneke. Lewis gained a great deal of recognition in the jazz world for his work with Stan Kenton (1954-1957), making the large ensemble swing hard. In 1957, he settled in Los Angeles, became a studio drummer, and worked with the big bands of Terry Gibbs and Gerald Wilson. Lewis went to New York to play with Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band in 1960, and he toured Europe with Dizzy Gillespie (1961) and the Soviet Union with Benny Goodman (1962). In 1965, Lewis formed an orchestra in New York with Thad Jones which grew to be one of the top big bands in jazz. When Jones surprised everyone by suddenly fleeing to Europe in 1979, Lewis became the orchestra's sole leader, playing regularly each Monday night at the Village Vanguard until his death. Lewis recorded as a leader in the 1950s for San Francisco Jazz Records, Mode (reissued on V.S.O.P.), and Andex and, after Thad Jones left their orchestra, Lewis recorded with his big band for Atlantic, Telarc, and Music Masters.
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/got__cha-cd-2963.html

Mel Lewis Septet
Got' Cha

Tracks

1 In a Mellowtone (Ellington)  8:10
2 Leave Your Worries Behind (Niehaus)  4:14
3 A Winters Tale (Adams)  8:36
4 Sir Richard Face (Perkins)  5:00
5 One for Pat (Niehaus)  3:58
6 'Enry 'Iggins 'Ead (Coker)  8:26
7 El Cerrito (Marabuto)  6:08

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Personnel
Ed Leddy - tp
Richie Kamuca - as
Jerry Coker - as
Pepper Adams - bs
Johnny Marabuto - p
Dean Reilly - b
Mel Lewis - dr

Recorded in San Francisco ; November 19, [# 1, 2 & 5] ; & 20, [# 3, 4, 6 & 7] 1956.

32 comments:

rm said...

merveilleux! merci beaucoup

alpax said...

Excellent! Thank you.

dreadco said...

so happy to find another mel lewis album. thank you so much!

neil said...

And anything with Pepper Adams! Thaks, mel...

zardoz1984 said...

The dream goes on! From where those flamingoes come? The answer is in the clouds… Mel, you make our mornings brighter. Gratitude.

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

pepper67 said...

oooh! pepper adams i haven't heard! thanks

jazztap said...

merci

Kneigh said...

Just like Neil said: "Anything with Pepper Adams!" Yes, and many thanx Mel for more pepper!!

jbl said...

I agree entirely with you people all things with Pepper Adams are worth having. Wonderful to see and hear this. Thanks Mel. Fabulous!

tiritiuk said...

Good post. Hard to find some Jerry Coker stuff. Many Thanks!!!!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Mel for this terrific album. I was not familiar with this one and I'm digging it for sure.

grumpy said...

Almost missed this twice! Many thanks, Mel.

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Vancouver said...

Thank you Mel!

Mike said...

More pepper please! Merci.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Luis Lorenzo said...

Un estupendo disco! Gracias Mel

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

musician3 said...

EXCELLENT............THANK YOU FOR ALL

chuchuni said...

Many thanks for the 2nd opportunity Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

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DEEP said...

CLASP

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

Anonymous said...

A gem, thank you dear MM!

Kovina Kris said...

First off, classic cover art for sure and this looks like a pretty rare one. Thank you Mel!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel! Great to have you back.

Anonymous said...

Much appreciated sir!

Axel.T. said...

Wonderful album, ALWAYS liked Richie's playing as well as all the others on this album.
Thanks,
Axel

Anonymous said...

This is exactly the kind of obscure, swinging, interesting, satisfying music that makes you such a hero, Mel. Thanks!