A pair of 70s gems from Thad Jones – both recorded for the Storyville label in Denmark! First up is Live At The Montmartre – a great live set from Thad Jones and his ultra-hip Danish Radio Big Band – a large group we love even more than Thad's more famous ensemble with drummer Mel Lewis! This group's got lots of European players in the mix, and feels a lot like an MPS ensemble from the late 60s or early 70s – with lots of bold colors, soaring solo energy, and a few breakout grooves that make the album sound especially great overall! In addition to Thad's work on cornet, the set also features stellar horn work from Allan Botschinsky and Idrees Sulieman on trumpets, Richard Boone and Erling Kroner on trombones, Jesper Thilo and Bent Jaedig on reeds, and Ole Kock Hansen on Fender Rhodes – which make an especially nice appearance on a few key tracks. Titles include "Day Dream", "Tip Tope", "New York City", "Kids Are Pretty People", "A Good Time Was Had By All", and "61st & Richit". On Eclipse
, Thad Jones is in great European company – leading a large group that's filled with wonderful soloists – all of whom bring a soulful depth to the music, at a level that may well top similar recordings by the Jones/
Lewis Big Band! Thad's great ear for color and tone really shapes the proceedings – but it's also the work by the soloists who really make the record sparkle – a lineup that includes work from Idrees Sulieman and Allan Botschinsky on trumpets, Jesper Thilo on alto, Erling Kroner and Vincent Nilsson on trombones, and Ole Kock Hansen on piano. Titles include "Honky Punk", "Baby I Can't Get Over It", "I Hope This Time Isn't The Last", "Arrival", and "La Solitude".