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Thad Jones Danish Radio Big Band: A Good Time Was Had by All

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Almost without exception, the sidemen of the Danish Radio Big Band agree the most meaningful music they ever played occurred when Thad Jones was chief conductor in 1977 and ’78, despite the fact that since its inception in 1964 such greats as Bob Brookmeyer and Jim McNeely have also fronted the band.

When Jones defected from the Village Vanguard big band that he co-led with Mel Lewis, he arrived in Copenhagen to find two familiar expatriates, trumpeter Idrees Sulieman and trombonist/vocalist Richard Boone, plus a young, eager collection of top readers, doublers and improvisers equal to any studio ensemble in L.A. or the Apple, and they were ripe for the avuncular, creative discipline represented by Jones.

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