The Magnificent Thad Jones is an album by American jazz trumpeter Thad Jones featuring performances recorded in 1956 and released on the Blue Note label. accessed December 26, 2010
The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 5 stars stating "this quintet makes truly great jazz music together... The musicianship being at such a lofty plateau, so intelligently selected and executed, this CD is a must-have for every collection, and is generally regarded as the very best work of Jones, later big-band recordings with Mel Lewis notwithstanding".Nastos, M. G. accessed December 26, 2010
*Thad Jones - trumpet
*Billy Mitchell - tenor saxophone
*Barry Harris - piano
*Percy Heath - bass
*Max Roach - drums
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Thaddeus Joseph Jones (March 28, 1923 – August 21, 1986) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader.
Thad Jones was born in Pontiac, Michigan to a musical family of ten (an older brother was pianist Hank Jones and a younger brother was drummer Elvin Jones). Thad Jones was a self taught musician, performing professionally by the age of sixteen. He served in U.S. Army bands during World War II (1943–46).
After Army service including an association with the U.S. Military School of Music and working with area bands in Des Moines and Oklahoma City, Thad became a member of the Count Basie Orchestra in May 1954. He was featured as a soloist on such well-known tunes as April in Paris, Shiny Stockings and Corner Pocket. However, his main contribution was his nearly two dozen arrangements and compositions for the Basie Orchestra, including The Deacon, H.R.H. (Her Royal Highness, in honor of the band’s command performance in London), Counter Block, and lesser known gems such as Speaking of Sounds. His hymn-like ballad To You was performed by the Basie band combined with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in their only recording together, and the recording Dance Along With Basie contains nearly an entire album of Jones’ uncredited arrangements of standard tunes.
Jones left the Basie Orchestra in 1963 to become a freelance arranger and studio player in New York. In 1965, he and drummer Mel Lewis formed The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra. The group initially began with informal late night jam sessions amongst New York's top studio musicians. The group eventually began performing at the Village Vanguard in February 1966, to wide acclaim, and continued with Jones in the lead for twelve years. They won a 1978 Grammy Award for their album Live in Munich.LA Times, "The Envelope" awards database. Accessed 2008 April 30. Jones also taught at William Paterson College in New Jersey, which is now the site of the Thad Jones Archive, containing pencil scores and vintage photos as part of the Living Jazz Archives.
Jones' big band arranging style was unique, especially from the standpoint of featuring dissonant voicings in a tonal context. This required the members of his big band to play correctly in tune, otherwise the dense chords he wrote would not sound correct. Minor 2nds and major 7ths are often featured in his voicings, especially when the entire band plays a long, powerful chord that some would describe as having "bite".
One of the more notable albums he made in this regard is Suite for Pops recorded on the A&M Records "Horizon" label (now out of print) in the early 70's. It also featured the intense bebop improvisations of saxophonist Billy Harper and the high note screech playing of lead trumpet player Jon Faddis.
In 1978, Thad suddenly moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, (to the great surprise of his New York band mates), where several other American jazz musicians had gone to live. Upon Thad’s 1978 departure to live in Europe, the band continued as the Mel Lewis Orchestra until Lewis’ death in February 1990, and thrives to this day as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, still including several Thad Jones alumni, continuing the extraordinary Monday night tradition into its fifth decade.
Jones resided in Copenhagen from 1978–1984. He formed a new big band Eclipse which he recorded a live album with, Eclipse. Jazztimes, Edition January/February 2005, reviewed by Harvey Siders Several Americans were on the album, pianist Horace Parlan, baritonist Sahib Shihab, trumpeter Tim Hagans and trombonist/vocalist Richard Boone along with trombonist Bjarne Thanning, trumpeter Egon Petersen, altoist Ole Nielsen, tenor saxophonist Bent Jædig and Jesper Lundgaard on bass. He further composed for The Danish Radio Big Band and taught jazz at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen. He studied composition formally during this period, as well as taking up the valve trombone. In February 1985, he returned to the U.S. to take the leadership of the Basie Orchestra upon his former leader’s death, fronting the Basie band in numerous tours, and writing arrangements for recordings and performances with vocalist Caterina Valente and Manhattan Transfer. He eventually stopped touring completely, and returned to Denmark several months before his death on August 21, 1986.
In later years his playing ability was overshadowed by his composing and arranging skills. His best known composition is the standard "A Child is Born". A year before his death, Jones came back to the U.S. to lead the Count Basie Orchestra but had to step down due to ill health. He returned to his home in Copenhagen for the last few months of his life. He died on August 21, 1986 after being hospitalized for months but his cause of death was not published. At the time of his death he had a six year old child, also named Thad Jones, with his wife Lis Jones, a daughter Thedia and a son Bruce. He is buried in Copenhagen's Vestre Kirkegård Cemetery (Western Churchyard Cemetery).Reuter. Award-winning poet honored by peers, Globe & Mail. August 22, 1986.
* The Fabulous Thad Jones (Debut, 1954) with Frank Wess, John Dennis, Hank Jones, Charles Mingus, Kenny Clarke, Max Roach
* Detroit-New York Junction (Blue Note, 1956)
* The Magnificent Thad Jones (Blue Note, 1956) with Billy Mitchell, Barry Harris, Percy Heath, Max Roach
* After Hours (OJC, 1957) with Frank Wess, Kenny Burrell, Mal Waldron, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor
* Mad Thad (Fresh Sound, 1957) with Henry Coker, Frank Foster, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Jones, Doug Watkins, Elvin Jones
* Greetings and Salutations (Four Leaf Clover, 1977) with Jon Faddis, Lennart Åberg, Arne Domnérus, Bengt Hallberg, Georg Riedel, Rune Gustafsson
* Live at Montmartre (Storyville, 1978) with Idrees Sulieman, Allan Botschinsky, Jesper Thilo, NHOP.
* Eclipse (Storyville, 1979) with Tim Hagans, Sahib Shihab, Horace Parlan, Jesper Lundgaard
With the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra
* Opening Night (2000) Alan Grant Presents
* Presenting Thad Jones / Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra (1966) Solid State Records
* Presenting Joe Williams and Thad Jones / Mel Lewis, The Jazz Orchestra (1966) Solid State
* Live at the Village Vanguard (1967) Solid State
* The Big Band Sound of Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Featuring Miss Ruth Brown (1968) Solid State
* Monday Night (1968) Solid State
* Central Park North (1969) Solid State
* Basle, 1969 (recorded 1969, released 1996) TCB Music
* Consummation (1970) Solid State / Blue Note
* Village Vanguard Live Sessions 3 (recorded 1970) LRC Records
* Suite for Pops (1972) Horizon / A&M
* Live in Tokyo (1974) Denon Jazz
* Potpourri (1974) Philadelphia International
* Thad Jones / Mel Lewis and Manuel De Sica (1974) Pausa
* New Life: Dedicated to Max Gordon (1975) A&M
* Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra With Rhoda Scott aka Rhoda Scott in New York with... (1976)
* Live in Munich (1976) Horizon / A&M
* It Only Happens Every Time (1977) EMI Records – with Monica Zetterlund
* Body and Soul aka Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra in Europe (1978) West Wind Jazz – Live in Berlin
* A Touch of Class (1978) West Wind Jazz – Live in Warsaw
With Thelonious Monk
*"5 By Monk By 5" (1959)
With Lou Donaldson
*Sassy Soul Strut (1973)
With Dexter Gordon
* Tangerine (1972)
With Herbie Hancock
* Speak Like a Child (1968)
With Coleman Hawkins
* The Hawk Swings (1960)
With Elvin Jones
*Mr. Jones (1973)
With Shirley Scott
*For Members Only (Impulse!, 1963)
With Ben Webster
*Soulmates (with Joe Zawinul) (1963)
*See You at the Fair (1964)
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