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Thad Jones & Mel Lewis & Suite for Pops

Part One, “Meetin’ Place.” Possibly from 1973. “Pops” is Louis Armstrong.

The explosion from 1:00-1:20 makes me want to scream like a teeny bopper at a Beatles concert.

This band is packed with giants but I can’t identify them as well as I’d like. Thad Jones leads the band, then there’s Mel (drums), Walter Norris (keyboards), George Mraz (bass), and a whole bunch of greats on all the horns including probably Cecil Bridgewater, Bob Brookmeyer, Pepper Adams, Jerry Dodgion, Jon Faddis, Billy Harper, and Jimmy Knepper.

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