One More: The Summary: – Music of Thad Jones Vol 2

One More: The Summary:
Music of Thad Jones Vol 2
(IPO – 2007)
by Mark Ruffin

This is the sequel to a the great Thad Jones tribute album from two years ago called “One More-Music of Thad Jones.” That was a good one, this is even better. Many more familiar charts from Thad Jones, like Central Park North, Birdsong, and The Great One, plus some big time reed men in James Moody, Benny Golson and Frank Wess, plus Thad’s older brother, the ubiquitous octogenarian pianist, Hank Jones. There are also other charter members of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis big band including bassist, Richard Davis, trumpeter, Jimmy Owens and the always smoking Eddie Daniels on sax and his distinctive clarinet (listen to “Little Pixie”).

Thad was a trumpeter/cornet player/composer and arranger, who single-handely changed the sound and rhythm of what modern big bands sound like, first with the Count Basie band and then with his own ground-breaking unit, TJML big band. Here it’s a little mini-version with those aforementioned sax legends. Frank Wess plays some pretty flute on “Don’t Ever Leave Me”, Moody strikes the right mood on the title track “The Summary” in duet with Hank Jones on piano. Here Wess and Moody are joined by Benny Golson on the only tune on the album Jones didn’t write, but was probably the big band’s biggest hit, “The Groove Merchant”. Dig it.