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Thad Jones Mel Lewis & Love and Harmony

What some regard as the best big band combo ever, and certainly my fave. This is one of their soft numbers. (But when they cook, they really cook.)

The intro is long and will probably bore most, but I love the transition that kicks in at 1:56. This is a wistful and nostalgic piece for me, though I can’t figure out what it would be nostalgic about since I only discovered it about half a year ago.

I was surprised to learn recently that Thad Jones was the brother of drummer Elvin Jones and pianist Hank Jones. Something runs in the family.

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