The Magnificent Thad Jones

The Magnificent Thad Jones


Thad Jones (trumpet), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Billy Mitchell (tenor sax), Barry Harris (piano), Percy Heath (bass), Max Roach (drums)

Blue Note 1527

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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1 - April In Paris
2 - Billie-Doo
3 - If I Love Again
4 - If Someone Had Told Me
5 - Thedia

Recorded on July 9 & 14, 1956, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensak, New Jersey.

Thad Jones made such a strong impact in his career as an arranger-composer and a big band leader that it is sometimes forgotten just how great and distinctive a trumpet player he was. After emerging from the Detroit jazz scene, Jones was a member of Count Basie's orchestra during 1954-63. However Jones was always a much more advanced player than was needed in Basie's band and he really emerged as an innovative improviser during his own sessions.

The Magnificent Thad Jones, recorded in 1956, more than lives up to its name. Heading an all-star group that includes pianist Barry Harris (who was making his recording debut), Jones is superb throughout. He reprises and extends his famous solo on "April In Paris" (creating a very haunting rendition), his heated choruses on "If I Love Again" are driven by Max Roach, he creates heartfelt (and sometimes heartbreaking) statements on ballads, and digs into the lengthy "Thedia." At no point during this memorable set does Thad Jones sound like anyone but himself, and he creates music for the ages on what is arguably the most lyrical of all Blue Note recordings.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is mastered from the original analog tape and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.