Big Dipper was originally commissioned by Count Basie for an entire album of Thad Jones' music; however, Basie never made the record, instead suggesting that Thad start his own band. Big
Brown Shuffle was first recorded by Norway's Oslo Groove Company on their jaw-dropping album Anno 1990. Now, for the first time, this newly-engraved edition is available in the United States. Lars
Using a combination of hip-hop and up-tempo swing, here's a marvelous take on Bud Powell's bebop classic. A front line of alto, tenor and trumpet are featured off the top followed by an extended soli for
As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on the album New Life, Cherry Juice is a fast swing opus beginning with a full band statement and a short piano solo before the flugelhorn soloist
Featuring a quartet of alto, trumpet, guitar and vibes at the top, Mark Taylor's stellar treatment of this George Shearing classic swings hard from beginning to end! The intricate bebop lines are skillfully
Along with Big Dipper, Don't Git Sassy is one of the most familiar charts from the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra's repertoire. As recorded on their Live at the Village Vanguard album, this
It is somewhat amusing that Dave Brubeck's The Duke is more frequently associated with Miles Davis and Gil Evans than Brubeck himself. Nevertheless, this version from the 1957 "Miles Ahead" album
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Featuring a modal "Celtic" flavor, this original from Michael Mossman uses an energetic drive throughout along with a unique harmonic approach. Also included is solo space for tenor sax, and a section where
As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on their Central Park North album, this great collaboration between band member Jerome Richardson and Thad Jones has become an established standard for
This stellar swing chart by Tom Kubis was recorded by Wayne Bergeron on his Concord Jazz album "Plays Well with Others," recorded in 2006. In typical Kubis fashion there are brilliant saxophone soli
Jazz great Thelonious Monk composed so many classic tunes, and this creative powerhouse of a chart includes snippets of sixteen of them! Challenge your audiences and players to find them all as they are
Composed by jazz legend Joe Henderson, this up-tempo burner from Mark Taylor features a mesmerizing groove and masterful scoring. The rhythm section sets the groove and then a trio of tenor, guitar and
Little Pixie II was originally commissioned by Count Basie for an entire album of Thad Jones' music; however, Basie never made the record, instead suggesting that Thad start his own band.
Recorded by the Mingus Big Band on the CD Que Viva Mingus!, this stellar chart takes the band through an extended modal format, while always swingin'! With a unique blend of group improvisation, full
This Thad Jones chart was originally commissioned by Count Basie for an entire album of Thad Jones' music; however, Basie never made the record, instead suggesting that Thad start his own band. Low
This sparkling up-tempo swinger from the pen of Mark Taylor is impressive right from the opening full-ensemble statement, and it doesn't let up from there. Small-ensemble playing is beautifully contrasted
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