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Jose Reyes

Thad Jones with Frank Wess and “Olio”

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If you like straight forward hard bop this 1957 album featuring a sextet of all star jazz musicians is for you. For a matter of fact, it is a perfect example of hard bop jazz with its special intricate arrangements. The term “Olio” stands, in this case, for “a miscellaneous collection or mixture of songs.” The tone is low but fast-paced with plenty of high-quality innovative improvising but not so off beat. “Olio” is simply a masterful piece of work recorded by a group of young pioneers that would make their own mark individually and who would in the future, become band leaders on themselves. You’ll love it, enjoy!

About the album:

Trumpeter Thad Jones receives first billing on this all-star outing, but vibraphonist Teddy Charles, who contributed three of the six selections (two of the other songs are by pianist Mal Waldron, while the lone standard is “Embraceable You”) was really the musical director. Jones, Charles, and Waldron are joined by Frank Wess (doubling on tenor and flute), bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Elvin Jones for a set of modern hard bop. Although this was not a regular group and there is not an obvious leader, the music is on a higher level than that of a routine jam session. The challenging material and the high quality playing of the young greats makes…….Read More

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