The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Thad Jones Legacy
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80581     Release Date: 1999-01-01

Trumpets: Earl Gardner (Lead), Joe Mosello, Glenn Drewes, Scott Wendholt Trombones: John Mosca (Lead), Ed Neumeister, Jason Jackson, Douglas Purviance (bass trombone) Reeds: Dick Oatts (Lead alto and soprano saxophones, flute), Billy Drewes (alto and soprano Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet), Rich Perry (tenor saxophone, flute), Ralph LaLama (tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute), Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone) Rhythm Section: Jim McNeely, piano; John Riley, drums; Dennis Irwin, bass 

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra'’s second outing on New World features the music of its co-founder, Thad Jones (1923-1986), a man whom Mingus spoke of as “"the greatest trumpeter that I've heard in this life."” After a lengthy tenure with the Basie band, he co-founded, with Mel Lewis, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, which made its debut at the Village Vanguard on February 7, 1966.

Jones’'s big-band compositions, especially post-Basie, employed similar rhythmic lines with astringent block-chord voicings demanding great virtuosity from the performers. They also incorporated some of the more recent freedoms of small-group work and set new standards for the next generation of composers, arrangers, and performers.

The nine charts feature a beautiful mix of ballads ("Quiet Lady," "Yours and Mine," "All My Yesterdays") and hard-charging numbers ("A-That’s Freedom," "Once Around," "My Centennial"). “"Central Park North"” is a wonderful blend of things-dissonance with swiveling hips. The fourteen-minute showstopper, “"Fingers,"” is a springboard for a series of flying solos based on the chord changes of Gershwin'’s “"I Got Rhythm."” As such, it has an impressive pedigree: Duke Ellington'’s "“Cotton Tail,"” with its landmark solo by Ben Webster, was based on "“I Got Rhythm"” too, and Jones proves himself worthy of comparison to the master with a saxophone chorus as breathtaking as Ellington and Webster’'s (but with a soprano lead-a typical Jones touch).

Loving, fresh, and above all, SWINGING interpretations-executed with the customary panache-which honor the band’'s glorious tradition and confirm its status as the paragon among today’'s big bands.

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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Thad Jones Legacy

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Track Listing

A-That's Freedom
Hank Jones
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Once Around
Thad Jones
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Quiet Lady
Thad Jones
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Central Park North
Thad Jones
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Yours and Mine
Thad Jones
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Fingers
Thad Jones
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Groove Merchant
Jerome Richardson
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All My Yesterdays
Thad Jones
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My Centennial
Thad Jones
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