Gil Melle Quartet + Guests = Gil Melle Septets.New York: Prestige, 1990 Stock Code: 144581
Lengthy presentation inscription by Melle in blue ball-point pen on front cover, "July '93 - To my friend Dan Thomas Have a wonderful, and by all means, a productive life! It is a great pleasure to know you God bless your ears! Gil Melle"; the recipient is almost certainly saxophonist Dan Thomas, who moved to the States from his native Canada in 1993, and is currently artistic and executive director of the Kansas City All Star Big Band.
"A true renaissance man, Gil Melle began his career as a post-bop baritone saxophonist who also composed and painted, later branching out into a wide variety of artistic and scientific fields. He abandoned jazz fairly early on in his career, choosing to compose a number of film and television scores and experiment with electronic music instead. Then again, Melle's music wasn't strictly jazz - it was a hybrid of jazz, drawn from Duke Ellington in particular, and classical music, which he called "primitive modern." That "primitive modern" music was on display on a series of albums for Blue Note and Prestige in the late '50s. Following that series, Melle only released records sporadically, but he kept amazingly busy, composing scores, pioneering electronic music, building specialized computers and synthesizers, painting, piloting, and restoring automobiles and planes, as well as keeping an antiquarian microscopical instrumentation collection" (bluenote.com, retrieved 3 September 2020).
This is a later pressing of the original 1956 album, for which Melle pulled in some sizeable names, including trumpeters Art Farmer and Kenny Dorham,, Hal McKusick (alto and flute), Don Butterfield (tuba), Joe Cinderella (guitar), Vinnie Burke (bass), and Ed Thigpen (drums). Albums signed by Melle are certainly uncommon.
12-inch vinyl LP (Prestige OJC-1753 (P-7063)), new plain paper sleeve (original sleeve also present), original album cover.
Slight shelf wear, surface splits to top and bottom edges, light creasing at lower left; disc in excellent condition.
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