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UP FOR SALE: Thad Jones / Mel Lewis "Live In Munich" A&M Horizon Records SP-724 Stereo. The cover is excellent condition. There is a paper plastic sleeve. The vinyl is in NM condition. Is has the Yellow and Orange label on both sides.

• Thad Jones – flugelhorn
• Mel Lewis – drums
• Harold Danko – piano
• Bob Bowman – bass
• Jerry Dodgion – saxophone, flute
• Ed Xiques – saxophone, flute
• Greg Herbert – saxophone, flute, clarinet
• Larry Schneider – saxophone, flute, clarinet
• Pepper Adams – saxophone
• Al Porcino – trumpet
• Frank Gordon – trumpet
• Earl Gardner – trumpet
• Lynn Nicholson – trumpet
• Earl McIntyre – trombone
• John Mosca – trombone
• Clifford Adams – trombone
• Billy Campbell – trombone

• "Mach II" (Scott) – 8:21
• "A- That's Freedom" (H. Jones) – 8:57
• "Mornin' Reverend" (T. Jones) – 5:35
• "Come Sunday" (Ellington) – 5:10
• "Central Park North" (T. Jones) – 16:15
Live in Munich is a live 1976 big band jazz album recorded by the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in Munich, Germany and released on the A&M / Horizon Records label. The album won the 1978 Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance - Big Band.

A harmonically advanced trumpeter/cornetist with a distinctive sound and a talented arranger/composer, Thad Jones (the younger brother of Hank and older brother of Elvin) had a very productive career. Self-taught on trumpet, he started playing professionally when he was 16 with Hank Jones and Sonny Stitt. After serving in the military (1943-46), Jones worked in territory bands in the Midwest. During 1950-53 he performed regularly with Billy Mitchell's quintet in Detroit and he made a few recordings with Charles Mingus (1954-55). Jones became well-known during his long period (1954-63) with Count Basie's Orchestra, taking a "Pop Goes the Weasel" chorus on "April in Paris" and sharing solo duties with Joe Newman. While with Basie, Jones had the opportunity to write some arrangements and he became a busy freelance writer after 1963. He joined the staff of CBS, co-led a quintet with Pepper Adams and near the end of 1965 organized a big band with drummer Mel Lewis that from February 1966 on played Monday nights at the Village Vanguard. During the next decade the orchestra (although always a part-time affair) became famous and gave Jones an outlet for his writing. He composed one standard ("A Child Is Born") along with many fine pieces including "Fingers," "Little Pixie" and "Tiptoe." Among the sidemen in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (which started out as an all-star group and later on featured younger players) were trumpeters Bill Berry, Danny Stiles, Richard Williams, Marvin Stamm, Snooky Young, and Jon Faddis, trombonists Bob Brookmeyer, Jimmy Knepper and Quentin Jackson, the reeds of Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Eddie Daniels, Joe Farrell, Pepper Adams and Billy Harper, pianists Hank Jones, and Roland Hanna, and bassists Richard Davis and George Mraz. In 1978 Jones surprised Lewis by suddenly leaving the band and moving to Denmark, an action he never explained. He wrote for a radio orchestra and led his own group called Eclipse. In late 1984 Jones took over the leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra but within a year bad health forced him to retire. Thad Jones recorded as a leader for Debut (1954-55), Blue Note, Period, United Artists, Roulette, Milestone, Solid State, Artists House, A&M and Metronome and many of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra's best recordings have been reissued on a five-CD Mosaic box set. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

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

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Thad Jones Mel Lewis Live In Munich Vinyl A&M Horizon Records SP-724 Stereo

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  • Vintage handmade item from the 1970s
  • Materials: Vinyl, Wax
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