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  Наименование CD :
   Let's Play The Music Of Thad Jones

Год издания : 1993

Компания звукозаписи : Enja, (ru)

Музыкальный стиль : Bop, Mainstream Jazz

Время звучания : 59:16

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Piano - Bop)      

This relatively little-known trio set by pianist Tommy Flanagan (with bassist Jesper Lundgaard and drummer Lewis Nash) is a minor classic. Flanagan performs 11 of cornetist Thad Jones's compositions, the majority of which had never been played by a piano trio before. Easily the best-known selection is "A Child Is Born" with "Mean What You Say," "Three in One" and "Quietude" being the closest of the other songs to being standards. But, despite their relative obscurity, this body of work is quite diverse and flexible enough to be covered by other jazz musicians. Congratulations are due Tommy Flanagan for putting together a consistently swinging and tasteful salute to Thad Jones, a very talented composer.

- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

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To the surprise of very few who have followed his career, particularly during the past 15 years, Tommy Flanagan became the fourth winner of the most prestigious jazz award in the world, the jazzpar Prize (following Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray and Lee Konitz). While in Copenhagen under the sponsorship of Jazzpar, Flanagan recorded the music of "Let's", I I compositions by the late trumpeter Thad Jones.

Tommy Flanagan and Thad Jones knew each other for a long time, playing together through the years on an infrequent basis. In fact, Flanagan's first regular musical job was in tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell's quintet, a group that included both Thad and his younger brother, drummer Elvin Jones. "We met and played at the Bluebird Inn in Detroit in 1950 when I was 20 years old" - remembers the pianist - "which was the year before I went in the Army. In Detroit Thad was a more advanced player than anyone else around and his writing was certainly above all of the rest of us, very modern. Some of the things he wrote then I'm still playing now, which attests to how strong his music was even at that early time. Thad was warm-hearted, outgoing and had the Jones persona, just like his brothers Hank and Elvm."

In 1956 Tommy Flanagan moved to New York, following Thad Jones by two years; they would record several albums together before the end of the decade. "I did not get that many chances to play with Thad after we moved to New York. We actually recorded together more than we appeared in public because he'd settled into Count Basie's band and I had my own projects. We mostly got together for special occasions such as record dates. Years later I sat in with his big band at the Village Vanguard from time to time. I'd come in to visit the band and he'd occasionally surprise me and invite me to come up and play a few songs. I knew everyone in the orchestra and it was always fun. After Thad left and moved to Copenhagen I saw him occasionally, as much as I could, whenever I went to Europe. When he became leader of the Basie band in his last years, he called me to play two engagements with the orchestra. We performed at a book party for Albert Murray's "Good Morning Blues" at the Ritz and at another concert at a theater in Queens. That was the last time I ever saw Thad. I didn't know he was as ill as he was; he died about six months later."

Although Thad Jones received some recognition during his life as a masterful composer, his songs have mostly been recorded by big bands or on rare occasions by smaller combos (particularly his most famous composition, "A Child Is Born"). Never before had there been a full set of his music performed by a piano trio. "I'd been thinking of recording an album of Thad's compositions for a long time", says Flanagan. "His music is so flexible that it demands a lot of dexterity and is often pianistic. I've played a lot of Thad's music through the years and recorded some of his songs, but there was quite a few others that I'd missed."

For this special project, Tommy Flanagan chose bassist Jesper Lundgaard and drummer Lewis Nash as his sidemen. "I'd performed with Jesper years before with Ed Thigpen, but this is the first time that I played with him and Lewis Nash in a trio setting. Jesper had played previously with Thad during his period in Copenhagen and the connection was very strong."

The 11 Thad Jones compositions that comprise "Let's" have several qualities in common: strong melodies, attractive chord changes for musicians to improvise over and their own innate sense of logic. A song-by-song play-by-play is not necessary but it is instructive to recall when these melodies were previously recorded. Flanagan performed the cooking "Let's", "Bird Song", "Scratch", "Thad-rack" and "Zec" (which was named after Billy Mitchell, who at one time was nicknamed "Executive") on record dates led by Thad during 1956-57. "Mean What You Say" can be heard on a session from 1966 that matched Jones with baritonist Pepper Adams while "To You" was performed on the classic record that teamed together both of the orchestras of Count Basie and Duke Ellington in 1961. "A Child Is Bom", "Three In One" and "Quietude" all date from the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis big band years while "Elusive" was first waxed on Thad's initial date as a leader in 1954.

With all of the recognition that Tommy Flanagan has received in recent years, it is easy to forget that he spent two long periods (1963-65 and 1968-78) mostly in the background as an accompanist to Ella Fitzgerald. "I learned a lot in that role and Ella was always in excellent form. She changed her repertoire all of the time and during the period when I was with her she had over 800 arrangements!"

Since leaving the singer, Tommy Flanagan's playing seems to get better and better; he is currently many jazz fans' favorite pianist and can always be counted on to deliver a flawlessly swinging performance. 'I've been seeking out a lot of songs that I haven't played before, particularly ones by Ellington, Strayhorn, Tadd Dameron and Tom Mclntosh (who is one of my favorite writers around today) along with many younger composers. There is a wealth of music out there and there are still other Thad Jones songs that I hope to record in the future. I'd also like to feature my piano with a large orchestra sometime. I've very much enjoyed the past ten years, travelling the world playing with my trio. I can't hope for anything more than . good health and good music. There is always more music to be played!"

- Scott Yanow

  Соисполнители :

Diana Flanagan (Piano)
Jesper Lundgaard (Bass)
Lewis Nash (Drums)

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Наименование трека



   1 Let's         0:05:35 Jones
   2 Mean What You Say         0:05:41 -"-
   3 To You         0:03:37 -"-
   4 Bird Song         0:05:31 -"-
   5 Scratch     T       0:05:25 -"-
   6 Thadrack         0:04:41 -"-
   7 A Child Is Born         0:06:22 -"-
   8 Three In One         0:06:06 -"-
   9 Quietude         0:05:15 -"-
   10 Zec         0:03:53 -"-
   11 Elusive         0:07:09 -"-


 T   'щелкнуть' - переход к тексту композиции.

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