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Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra – All My Yesterdays (2016) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5,6MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra – All My Yesterdays (2016)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 02:00:55 minutes | 9,6 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 02:00:55 minutes | 2,17 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Digital booklet | Genre: Jazz | © 2xHD

This double album marks the first official release of recordings capturing the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in concert at the legendary Village Vanguard in New York City in early 1966. The treasure trove of previously unheard live performances from two shows six weeks apart is presented in ahead-of-its-time audiophile quality. George Klabin, a 19-year-old engineer, taped the orchestra direct to two-track, mixing each of the soloists live on the fly. For this package, Klabin transferred and remastered the audio using the original tapes.

This deluxe 2-CD set also includes recordings from March 21, 1966, many of which have never been released before (although some of the recordings were unofficially exploited via a limited bootleg in 2000), and comes with an expansive 92-page book providing rare, previously unpublished photos, historic essays, interviews and memoirs. Contributors include executive producer George Klabin who recorded the original tapes, producer Zev Feldman, associate producer Chris Smith (author of The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis), longtime Vanguard Jazz Orchestra arranger and pianist Jim McNeely, and trombonist/educator John Mosca. All of the living musicians who played on these recordings contributed to the notes, recounting their personal experiences of the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra. Included are accounts from saxophonists Jerry Dodgion, Eddie Daniels and Marv “Doc” Holladay, trumpeter Jimmy Owens, trombonists Garnett Brown and Tom Macintosh, along with bassist Richard Davis.

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Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra – Presenting Thad Jones-Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra (1966/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra – Presenting Thad Jones-Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra (1966/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:02 minutes | 889 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

Presenting Thad Jones/Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra is a 1966 big band jazz album recorded by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and released on the Solid State Records label. It is the debut release by the orchestra (although an earlier live session recording would eventually be released as Opening Night). All tracks are also included on Mosaic’s limited edition boxed set, The Complete Solid State Recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

The track titled “Three in One” is incorrectly labeled on the album cover. The correct title of the piece is “Three and One.” The piece was originally written by Jones for a 1958 small group session titled “Keepin’ Up With The Joneses” with Thad, his two siblings (Hank on piano and Elvin on drums), and bass player Eddie Jones (no relation). The title refers to the three Jones siblings plus one other Jones who is unrelated. The correct title is on the original parts as well as the later published version by Kendor.

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Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra – Monday Night (Live At The Village Vanguard) (1968/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra – Monday Night (Live At The Village Vanguard) (1968/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:41 minutes | 1,65 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra was little more than a year old when this album was recorded live at the Village Vanguard, which was the band’s Monday night home for every week of its existence. Jones almost single-handedly brought the big band into the modern age with this origanization. Swung hard by Mel Lewis’s drums, the band sailed through the complex charges of Jones and Bob Brookmeyer with panache. Soloists include Brookmeyer, Jones, Richard Williams, Jerome Richardson and Joe Farrell. Three bonus tracks have added to the original LP, which has been remixed and mastered in 24-bit.

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