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Morning Song – The Groove Merchant

May 18, 2013

Part of what’s fun about listening to the Thad Jones – Mel Lewis Orchestra at the height of its powers—as in this 1968 live video of “The Groove Merchant”—is the fun they were having making the music.  Check out the reactions (at about 2:20 and 6:20 respectively) to the gorgeous and playful solos of pianist Roland Hanna and bassist Richard Davis by band leader Thad Jones and the other musicians .

The band is what it started out as:  a bunch of New York’s best jazz musicians looking to have some fun on Monday nights (the slowest night of the week for music clubs, many are closed) when they came home off the road.  Yes, they wanted to please the audience and get paid, but they also were the kind of band that played so that they could have fun too.

Whatever you’re doing today, here’s hoping you get to make some fun with it.


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