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Thad Jones: The Magnificent (CD: Blue Note RVG)Thad Jones: The Magnificent (CD: Blue Note RVG)
Although Thad Jones was making a name for himself with Count Basie’s orchestra in 1956 when he made this Blue Note debut album, it is in the small-group context that his brilliant and original trumpet style really emerges. With fellow Detroiters Billy Mitchell and Barry Harris and ringers Percy Heath and Max Roach, he crafts inventive arrangements on mostly standards and plays brilliantly. Two bonus tracks have been added, including a beautiful duet with Kenny Burrell. (Blue Note Records) 


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Thad Jones: Detroit- New York Junction (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Thad Jones: Detroit- New York Junction (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Thad Jones: Mad Thad & Olio (CD: Vocalion)Thad Jones: Mad Thad & Olio (CD: Vocalion)
 


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Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra: All My Yesterdays (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)
This 2CD set features previously unheard and unreleased live recordings from the Village Vanguard by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and it commemorates the 5Oth Anniversary of the Opening Night performance. The album is in astounding sound quality, recorded direct to two track, using six microphones, capturing every thrilling moment.

Producer Zev Feldman shares: "The whole affair was remarkably serendipitous: a historic ensemble as it emerged on the scene, full of energy and vibrancy and beautifully recorded by the President of Resonance Records, George Klabin, at the time a 19-year old, self-taught engineer, with his Crown 2-track tape machine and a simple portable mixing board." The band is full of late jazz icons such as Hank Jones, Pepper Adams, Jerome Richardson, Bob Broockmeyer, and Joe Farrell, in addition to the living musicians whose words fill the booklet, So sit back, relax and, as George Klabin says, "Put on a pair of good stereo head phones and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of those 2 nights. You will hear all the subtleties: Thad's shouts, the room sound, the musicians' camaraderie, encouraging each other, and most of all the pure joy!". (Proper Music) 


Price:  £23.99 

Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra: All My Yesterdays (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)


Thad Jones & The Danish Radio Big Band: A Good Time Was Had By All (CD: Storyville)Thad Jones & The Danish Radio Big Band: A Good Time Was Had By All (CD: Storyville)
This 72-minute (ten tunes) session was recorded live at the Montmartre jazz club in Copenhagen in 1978. Five of the ten tunes are written by Thad Jones; the rest include compositions by Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin Brothers.

The Danish Radio Big Band is comprised of the best Danish musicians plus two American stars - Idrees Sulieman on trumpet and Richard Boone on trombone - who were living in Copenhagen at the time. Thad Jones' compositions are a mix of power and eloquence; a unique style which made him world famous. (Storyville Records) 


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The Great Jazz Trio: Autumn Leaves (CD: 441 Records)
 


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The Great Jazz Trio: Autumn Leaves (CD: 441 Records)


The Great Jazz Trio: Collaboration (CD: 441 Records)The Great Jazz Trio: Collaboration (CD: 441 Records)
On May 12 and 13, 2002, Elvin Jones recorded his last album with his older brother Hank, along with bassist Richard Davis, as The Great Jazz Trio at Avatar Studios in New York in what later became known as the Avatar sessions. The sessions resulted in three albums worth of material. The first album, Autumn Leaves, is available from 441 Records. The second, Someday My Prince Will Come, was released by Sony Columbia. Collaboration is the third album, which contains a couple alternate takes of songs from the first two albums and a bonus track, appropriately titled "Memories of You"; recorded on February 5, 2004. Elvin Jones, one of the most influential drummers in modern day music, passed away on May 18, 2004.

Hank wrote "Elvin, my brother" as liner notes for the album. Here's an excerpt:

"They say, 'The Good Die Young.' I Agree. Thad and Elvin did. They dedicated their lives to what they loved and believed in, even if that meant shortening their lives. As a family member, I sometimes wonder if we could have done less and stayed together as a family longer. On the other hand, I wholeheartedly respect Elvin's desire to live out his life (playing). Today's music world would not exist without him. The fact that he was a great drummer who influenced all those who came after him will forever remain in records and people's memories." (441 Records/ Test of Time Records) 


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The Great Jazz Trio: S'Wonderful (CD: 441 Records)
The Great Jazz Trio has a 30-year history of recording fabulous jazz performances and has built up a large following of admirers and fans. Over the years, The Great Jazz Trio featured some of the most unique and interesting combination of superb musicians with Hank Jones at the center. ‘S Wonderful is the latest incarnation of The Great Jazz Trio and this time Hank leads John Patitucci on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums, forming another dream team of jazz greats. At 85-years young (at the time of recording), Hank is still going strong and his energy is well matched with these younger, talented musicians. Many old favorite standards, including “’S Wonderful,” “Moanin’,” “Take Five,” “Night Train” and “Lover Come Back to Me” are all given a new twist. The album concludes with a very heartfelt rendition of “Greensleeves.” (441 Records/ Test of Time Records) 


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The Great Jazz Trio: S'Wonderful (CD: 441 Records)


Hank Jones: The New York Rhythm Section (CD: Fresh Sound)Hank Jones: The New York Rhythm Section (CD: Fresh Sound)
During the 50s Hank Jones earned a reputation for his prodigious activity in New York’s recording and broadcasting studios and in its night clubs. He was one-fourth of the basic rhythm section used on many studio jazz sessions. Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton and Osie Johnson were the three other quarters. As we can hear from these tunes, they grooved like a smooth well-oiled machine, known as “The New York Rhythm Section”, through a fine selection of titles, showing just why they were in such demand in the Big Apple at the time of this recording. (Fresh Sound) 


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Hank Jones & Tyree Glenn: Quintet & Sextet Complete Recordings (CD: Lone Hill Jazz, 2 CDs)
 


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Hank Jones & Tyree Glenn: Quintet & Sextet Complete Recordings (CD: Lone Hill Jazz, 2 CDs)


Hank Jones: For My Father (CD: Justin Time)Hank Jones: For My Father (CD: Justin Time)
 


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