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Thad Jones: The Complete Blue Note/UA/Roulette Recordings

With the greatest justification, Thad Jones is remembered as a giant among composers and arrangers of the second half of the century. As co-leader and director of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, he was an imposing and magnetic figure. But there was much more to Jones.

Before he started devoting most of his time and energy to writing and leadership he was unique among trumpet players of the 1950s-and since-for his power, fluidity and harmonic originality. His qualities as a composer and an improviser were inextricably intermeshed. He avoided the obvious; his compositions were as unusual as his choices of notes in a solo. Long before he left Detroit to join Count Basie in New York in 1954, he was a writer with deeply personal traits. His ingenuity as a composer/arranger and a player is on extensive and satisfying display in this Mosaic box.

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