Monday, December 19
Thad Jones: The Magnificent Thad Jones (1956)
"... 1956, the list of names coming through Blue Note’s door, this was a time of giants, Miles, Monk, Powell, Nichols, Burrell, Silver, Blakey, Donaldson, Dorham, Mobley, Morgan, Rollins. Amidst this galaxy, Thad Jones recorded two titles for the label, at Van Gelder’s Hackensack home. Thad’s trumpet, remember, it’s just a pipe and some valves, has a purity of tone and expressiveness that draws you to listen. ... Billy Mitchell’s tenor is firm, polished, his phrasing bluesy, not unlike Lou Donaldson’s alto but in the lower tenor register. On April in Paris he slips between the sheets, full-on boudoir sax. Here and on other tracks he weaves skilfully through the charts. ..."
NY Times: Be-Bop's Generous Romantic (May 28, 1994)
W - The Magnificent Thad Jones (1956)
YouTube: April in Paris, Billie-Doo, If I Love Again, If Someone Had Told, Thedia, I've Got a Crush on You, Something to Remember You By