Mel Lewis Sextet: Mel Lewis (drums); Charlie Mariano (alto & tenor saxophones); Bill Holman (tenor & baritone saxophones); Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Marty Paich (piano); Buddy Clark (bass).
Personnel: Mel Lewis (drums); Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bill Holman (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Marty Paich (piano).
Liner Note Author: Joe Quinn .
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (06/1957).
Mel Lewis, formerly with the Stan Kenton Orchestra (and at the time a busy West Coast studio musician), had a rare opportunity to lead a record date in 1957 when he headed this sextet session for the MOD (Music of the Day) label. With arrangements by Bob Brookmeyer, Marty Paich and Bill Holman, Lewis and his group (which features Charlie Mariano on alto and tenor, Bill Holman doubling on tenor and baritone, trumpeter Jack Sheldon, pianist Marty Paich, bassist Buddy Clark and the leader/drummer) perform originals by the three arrangers and Sheldon, in addition to the standard "You Took Advantage of Me." The enjoyable boppish music is quite colorful. ~ Scott Yanow