Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra


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One of the weaker Thad Jones/Mel Lewis big-band sets, this LP finds the impressive orchestra stuck performing a couple of inappropriate Stevie Wonder tunes ("Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" and "Living for the City") and the pop song "For the Love of Money," in addition to more suitable material by Marian McPartland ("Ambiance") and four worthwhile originals by Jones. With such notable sidemen as trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, Ron Bridgewater and Billy Harper on tenors, trombonist Quentin Jackson, baritonist Pepper Adams, keyboardist Roland Hanna, bassist George Mraz and lead trumpeter Jon Faddis, the music certainly has its moments of interest. But there are a quite few more satisfying recordings by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra than this merely decent LP.