John Lewis: Three Little Feelings


Three Little Feelings


John Lewis


The Birth of the Third Stream (Columbia/Legacy CK 64929)

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Miles Davis (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bernie Glow (trumpet), Joe Wilder (trumpet), J.J. Johnson (trombone), Urbie Green (trombone), Bill Barber (tuba), Milt Hinton (bass), Osie Johnson (drums),

Arthur Strutter, John Ware, Melvin Broiles, Carmon Fornarotto (trumpet); John Clark (trombones), Jimmy Buffington, Joseph Singer, Ray Alonge, Arthur Sussman (French horn); John Swallow, Ronald Ricketts (baritone horn), Richard Horowitz (tympani)


Composed by John Lewis. Conducted by Gunther Schuller


Recorded: New York, June 20, 1956


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

This track both connects and disconnects Birth of the Cool and Third Stream. BOTC holdovers include Miles, J.J., Barber, Lewis and Schuller. But whereas BOTC was an arrangers/improvisers band, Third Stream is a composers/soloists orchestra—even, as here, sans strings. "Three Little Feelings" beefs up the brass, but don't expect Kentonesque overkill from John Lewis, who always understood that a well-placed arrow is just as effective as cannon fire, and far more economical. Miles and J.J. solo sensitively, yet the ultimate triumph is composer Lewis's ability to avoid bombast and reveal the luxuriant beauty of 17 brass instruments.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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