The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – Thad Jones Legacy

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“The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is, of course, the highly acclaimed successor to the original Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, founded in 1966. This long overdue and loving tribute to the late bandleader and trumpeter Thad Jones appropriately features eight tunes penned by Thad and one by his brother, Hank Jones, with all the pieces arranged by Thad. The VJO highlights many of the best New York City studio musicians, as well as others, such as trombonist Ed Neumeister and pianist Jim McNeely, who are well-known as leaders of their own groups. The huge talent represented here makes everything played a joyful romp through the works of an underrated but very talented composer and arranger. It is not difficult to realize the appeal of the band through the years, as the tight playing, strong improvisations, and accessible harmonies snare the listener. Highlights abound, including fine contributions by trombonist John Mosca, pianist McNeely, soprano saxophonist Billy Drewes, and tenor saxophonist Rich Perry. With detailed notes, abridged bibliographies on Thad Jones’ work, and a selected discography of his major recordings, this package should satisfy admirers of the trumpeter and of the modern big band.” – Steve Loewy/AllMusic.



Track listing:

1 A-That’s Freedom

Written-By – Hank Jones
2 Once Around

Written-By – Thad Jones
3 Quiet Lady

Written-By – Thad Jones
4 Central Park North

Written-By – Thad Jones
5 Yours And Mine

Written-By – Thad Jones
6 Fingers

Written-By – Thad Jones
7 Groove Merchant

Written-By – Jerome Richardson
8 All My Yesterdays

Written-By – Thad Jones
9 My Centennial

Written-By – Thad Jones


Alto Saxophone [Lead], Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Dick Oatts
Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute – Billy Drewes
Arranged By – Thad Jones
Baritone Saxophone – Gary Smulyan
Bass – Dennis Irwin
Bass Trombone – Douglas Purviance
Drums – John Riley (2)
Piano – Jim McNeely
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute – Ralph Lalama
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Rich Perry
Trombone – Ed Neumeister, Jason Jackson (2), John Mosca
Trumpet – Earl Gardner, Glenn Drewes, Joe Mosello, Scott Wendholt


Label: New World Records – 80581-2
Format: CD, HDCD
Country: US
Released: 1999
Genre: Jazz
Style: Big Band, Bop, Post Bop