Consummation (album)

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Consummation ThadJonesMelLewisOrchestra.jpg
Studio album by Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra
Released 1970
Recorded A&R Studios, New York City, 1970 January, May
Genre Jazz
Length 46:32
Label Solid State (Blue Note)
Producer Sonny Lester
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra chronology
Basle, 1969
(1969)Basle, 19691969
Live in Tokyo
(1974)Live in Tokyo1974
Alternate cover
Solid State SR 3110 (Japan. release)[1]
Solid State SR 3110 (Japan. release)[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic[2] 4.5/5 stars
Jack Bowers (All About Jazz)[3] favorable
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars

Consummation has been considered one of the best albums by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.[4] 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.[5] All tracks are also included on Mosaic's limited edition boxed set, The Complete Solid State Recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

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
  4. ^ Yanow, Scott. Allmusic (link) Accessed 2007 August 1
  5. ^ LA Times awards database, link. Accessed 2008 April 28.
  • Blue Note (U.S.) BST 84346
  • Solid State (Japan) SR 3110
  • Consummation at