Opening Night (album)

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Opening Night
OpeningNight ThadJonesMelLewisAndTheJazzOrchestra.jpg
Live album by Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra
Released 2000
Recorded 1966 February 7, The Village Vanguard, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 71:55
Label Alan Grant Presents
Producer Alan Grant
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra chronology
Opening Night
Presenting Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Opening Night is a big band jazz recording of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra playing at the Village Vanguard club in New York City in February 1966. This was the first performance of the group at this club although the recording was not released until 2000.[2] A 50-year tradition for Monday nights at the Village Vanguard began from this first evening for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra which later became the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and eventually the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Introduction (Mel Lewis & Alan Grant) – 1:50
  2. "Big Dipper" – 5:10
  3. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Van Heusen, Burke) – 3:47
  4. "Once Around" – 12:37
  5. "All My Yesterdays" – 4:08
  6. "Morning Reverend" – 4:50
  7. "Low Down" – 4:25
  8. "Lover Man" (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman) – 5:08
  9. "Mean What You Say" – 5:35
  10. "Don't Ever Leave Me" – 4:15
  11. "Willow Weep for Me" (Ronell) – 6:25
  12. "The Little Pixie" – 13:45

All songs composed by Thad Jones except as noted.


References / external links[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Ken Dryden, Allmusic link. Accessed 2008 April 29.