Mel Lewis: Loose, Fat, Musical

SKF NOTE: I think a lot about the Mel Lewis and Friends album. Last week, this song, Ain’t Nothin’ Nu, came around on an old, unmarked cassette I was listening to. Forty years since the album’s first release on the Horizon label — it’s still a prime Mel Lewis album.

Mel’s feel, his drumset sound, his fills — loose, fat, musical. Great stuff. Mel’s band on this cut is Michael Brecker and Gregory Herbert (tenor saxes), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Ron Carter (bass), and Hank Jones (piano).

Footnote: Mel told me thought Freddie Hubbard played exceptionally well on this date because Thad Jones was in the recording studio control booth during the session.


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