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Jazz icon, Drummer Mel Lewis represents what American Big
Band music is all about in this exclusive, live concert DVD entitled Mel Lewis and his Big Band, which
also features Joe Lovano and Lewis' renowned Sax Section. The consummate
professional, Lewis garnered numerous Grammy nominations and played with a
sensitivity and feeling that propelled him into one of the Jazz world’s best
and most respected drummers.
standout 3-piece rhythm section serves as a band-within-a-band, maintaining the
flow of energy, while giving constant support and direction. As a leader, Lewis
is recognized for his ability to make a Big Band swing like a Bebop quartet.
His unselfish and innovative approach to Big Band music prominently displays
his players by allowing them a creative and expansive freedom to solo. Despite
Lewis’ decision to rarely solo himself, his innate sense of timing and dynamic
cymbal work seamlessly complimented soloists without overwhelming them in a
fashion that helped form a cohesive big band unit.
One of the most acclaimed and innovative big
bands in jazz history." -
developed the “trio” rhythm concept before he moved west to play for Stan
Kenton, where he began to leave his mark on Jazz history and earn his
reputation as a hard swinging drummer with an iron hand on the tempo. While in
California he added the Swing
to the West Coast Cool Jazz Movement, before moving to NYC in the early 1960s
as drummer for the Gerry Mulligan Big Band and the Ben Webster Quartet.
Lewis and trumpeter Thad Jones formed the band that would become an
unforgettable part of the Jazz narrative and ensure their status with the Jazz
elite. The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Big Band would grow into one of the
preeminent big bands of all-time, most famously playing every Monday night at
New York's famed Village
Vanguard. Lewis' ensemble proved they had more staying power than most of the
groups of the “Big-Band era,” carrying the torch of American Big Band Jazz for
nearly 4 decades.
Mel Lewis’ impeccable legacy is brought to life in the
special film, recorded live from
that showcases the very best in American Big Band Music and the man who
faithfully transformed Monday nights into a Jazz requisite.
"A stirring performance." - JazzTimes
The Mel Lewis Big
Joe Lovano, Billy Drewes, Dick Oatts, Ralph Lalama, Gary
Smulyan, Chris Albert, Joe Mosello, Ron Tooley, Jim Powell, Doug Purviance,
Brad McDougal, John Mosca, Ed Neumeister, Sarah Larson, Lynn Roberts, Dennis
Irwin, and Phil Markowitz
● I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
● Ding Dong Ding
● I Get A Kick Over You
● I Wanna Be Happy
● Little Pixie.
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