Suite for Pops

Thad Jones

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Suite for Pops Review

by Scott Yanow

Despite the sincerity involved, this tribute to Louis Armstrong really does not come off. Thad Jones, in his compositions and arrangements, never quotes or borrows (either directly or abstractly) from Louis Armstrong's music, making this homage little more than namedropping. None of the seven originals or performances are by themselves memorable, despite the all-star nature of the band. There are many much more worthy recordings by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra than this later effort.