This 2005 all-star session features contemporaries of trumpeter/bandleader/composer Thad Jones (1923-86) in a program that includes many of his significant compositions. Music of Thad Jones, Vol. 2 honors his memory through straight-ahead interpretations that swing enthusiastically.
The Jones brotherspianist Hank, trumpeter Thad and drummer Elvinhave all brought greatness to the jazz world through their hard work and natural affinity for quality. Through the years, Thad Jones served as a role model for many and co-led a vibrant big band with drummer Mel Lewis. His earlier nine-year tenure with the Count Basie Orchestra forever identified Jones as a representative of that unique sound. This album captures the essence and serves as a guide to his music.
Fortunately, Ira Gitler's liner notes explain in detail which of the four tenor saxophonists stretches out and where, giving the listener a thorough understanding of their individual interpretative differences. Each of these veteran artists is in fine form for their homage. The album's title track, "The Summary, closes an otherwise upbeat session with somber reflections from Hank Jones and James Moody as a piano/tenor saxophone duo. Together, they celebrate a life that brought us many good tunes and a lifetime supply of the jazz spirit.
Track Listing: Little Pixie; Letís; Donít Ever Leave Me; Groove Merchant; Birdsong; The Great One; Central Park North (Interlude); Rejoice; Three and One; The Summary.
Personnel: Eddie Daniels: clarinet, tenor saxophone; Frank Wess: tenor saxophone, flute; Benny Golson, James Moody: tenor saxophone, flute; Jimmy Owens: trumpet, flugelhorn; John Mosca: trombone; Hank Jones: piano; Richard Davis: bass; Kenny Washington: drums.