Consummation (album)

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Consummation ThadJonesMelLewisOrchestra.jpg
Studio album by
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra
RecordedA&R Studios, New York City, 1970 January, May
LabelSolid State (Blue Note)
ProducerSonny Lester
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra chronology
Basle, 1969
Live in Tokyo
Alternate cover
Solid State SR 3110 (Japan. release)[1]
Solid State SR 3110 (Japan. release)[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic[2]4.5/5 stars
Jack Bowers (All About Jazz)[3]favorable
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars
(Core Collection)

Consummation is an album by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. It was released in 1970 on Blue Note Records and re-released in 2002. It was recorded at A&R Studios in New York City. The album was nominated for a 1970 Grammy award in the "Best Jazz Performance - Large Group..." category.[4] All tracks are also included on Mosaic's limited edition boxed set, The Complete Solid State Recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.


Richard Cook and Brian Morton gave Consummation a four-star review in The Penguin Guide to Jazz, and included it in the book's Core Collection.[5] Cook and Morton described the recording as "one of the best big-band records of its day and some kind of proof that the bands weren't completely dead."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions and arrangements are by Thad Jones.

LP side A:

  1. "Dedication" – 5:13
  2. "It Only Happens Every Time" – 3:07
  3. "Tiptoe" – 6:42
  4. "A Child Is Born" – 4:09
  5. "Us" – 3:37

LP side B:

  1. "Ahunk Ahunk" – 7:57
  2. "Fingers" – 10:38
  3. "Consummation" – 5:09



  1. ^ Benny Powell discography
  2. ^ Scott Yanow review at
  3. ^ Jack Bowers' review at Archived 2006-10-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ LA Times awards database, link. Accessed 2008 April 28.
  5. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 799. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  • Blue Note (U.S.) BST 84346
  • Solid State (Japan) SR 3110
  • Consummation at