All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings at the Village Vanguard (Remastered)

Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra

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February 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the first public performance of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. A band that set the standard for modern, innovative, swinging big band jazz. A standard that’s been unmatched since.

With All My Yesterdays, 2xHD Mastering and Resonance Records are thrilled to share these recordings with the public to commemorate this historical landmark. These recordings capture the earliest days of the Jones – Lewis orchestra. Resonance Records founder and president George Klabin made them when he was only 19 years old.

The whole affair was unusually serendipitous. A historic ensemble emerged on the scene. Full of energy and vibrancy recorded by George, a self-taught engineer, with his Crown 2 track Analog Tape Machine and a simple portable mixing board.

This edition of All My Yesterdays marks the debut of the album in Stereo DSD 256, Stereo DXD and Stereo DSD 512. It replaces the earlier Analog Master Tape to Stereo DSD 128 and Stereo DSD 64 edition of the album from 2xHD and Resonance Records.

Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra
Thad Jones – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Arranger, Conductor
Hank Jones – Piano
Sam Herman- Guitar, Percussion
Richard Davis- Bass
Mel Lewis- Drums

Saxophones, Clarinets, Flutes
Jerome Richardson – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Jerry Dodgion – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Joe Farrell – Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Eddie Daniels – Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
Marv Halliday – Baritone Saxophone

Trumpets
Jimmy Nottingham
Snooky Young
Jimmy Owens
Bill Berry

Trombones
Bob Brookmeyer
Garnett Brown
Cliff Heather
Jack Rains

Tracklist

1.
Back Bone
12:36
2.
All My Yesterdays
02:49
3.
Big Dipper
10:56
4.
Lover Man
05:17
5.
Ah, That's Freedom
07:14
6.
Willow Weep For Me
05:53
7.
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
02:44
8.
Low Down
04:32
9.
Back Bone alternative take
05:32

Total time: 00:57:33

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2XHDRE1225

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Analog Tape Recorder

Crown 2 Track Analog with Ampex 4 Channel Mixer

Analog to Digital Conversion

2xHD Custom Analog to Digital Converter (DSD 256, DSD 128, DXD), Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro Mastering Tools (DSD 512, DSD 64)

Mastering Engineers

Rene Laflamme and Andre Perry – Analog to Stereo DXD, DSD 128, DSD 256, Tom Caulfield – DSD 512 and DSD 64

Microphones

AKG 451, ElectroVoice 654a, Neumann U67, Beyer Dynamic M80

NativeDSD Exclusive

All My Yesterdays (Remastered) is Exclusively Available in Stereo DSD 512 and Stereo DSD 64 at NativeDSD Music

Original Recording Format

Producers

Zev Feldman, George Klabin

Recording Engineer

George Klabin

Recording Location

The Village Vanguard in New York City, New York on February 7, 1966 and March 21, 1966

Release Date February 10, 2022

Press reviews

AllMusic 5 out of 5

A thrilling, thoughtfully curated collection, All My Yesterdays presents the debut performances of the innovative Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. Recorded by George Klabin, then a 19-year-old college sophomore, jazz radio DJ, and budding sound engineer at Columbia University.

These recordings showcase the band in two uproariously received performances at the legendary Village Vanguard, their home for 50 years and counting. Initially intended as a way to attract a record deal for the band, the tracks have remained largely unheard by the general public. Here, they are presented in full with a detailed liner-notes booklet featuring pictures, essays, and interviews with Klabin and others.

Recorded by Klabin alone, using minimal equipment by modern standards, with only the musicians themselves to help move microphones as needed, the recordings sound remarkably clear and capture the electric atmosphere of the band’s debut.

Highlighted by Jones’ bop-oriented trumpet solos and grounded by Lewis’ rhythm section featuring pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Sam Herman, and bassist Richard Davis, the orchestra was a lithe, forward-thinking yet always swinging entity that helped move large ensembles into the post-bop era. It also didn’t hurt that the band was populated with a cross-generational cadre of virtuoso musicians including saxophonists Joe Farrell, Pepper Adams and Eddie Daniels; trumpeters Jimmy Owens and Snooky Young; trombonist Bob Brookmeyer; and others.

All of this is quite evident on these recordings, which put you front and center at the Village Vanguard on February 7, 1966 as saxophonist Jerry Dodgion soulfully leads the band into an explosive version of Jones’ swinging, gospel-inflected blues “Back Bone.” From that moment onward the band rarely lets up, with Lewis driving the arrangements with his roiling, foot-tapping pulse and Jones calling out solos and improvised background phrases. The second half of music, recorded March 21, 1966, features an equally captivating performance from the band and a longer set list, including dynamic versions of “Low Down,” “Ah, That’s Freedom,” “Mean What You Say,” and more. While the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra has an extensive oeuvre of recorded music to enjoy, All My Yesterdays captures the band at its brilliant, joyous start.

Reviewer’s Rating 4.5 of 5 Stars, Reader’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

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