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Monday, July 3, 2017

We Like Broadway - Mel Davis

Beyond The Stage Of Loving You
We Like Broadway
Mel Davis
Artist & Repertoire: Bob Shad
Recording Engineer: John Cue
Mastering: Hal Diepold
Liner Notes: Peter Spargo
Production Coordinator: Elena Festa
Typography: The Composing Room, Inc.
Album Design: Moskof - Morrison Inc.
Printing & Fabrication: Globe Albums Inc.
Time Records S/2117


Mel Davis - Trumpet
Santo Russo - Trombone
Thomas Newsom - Tenor, Bariton Sax
Derek Smith - Piano
Jack Lesberg & Milt Hinton - Bass
"Mousey" Alexander - Drums

From the back cover: Mel Davis started out as a top club musician. Then his consulate artistry on trumpet created a demand by all the record companies to be on their recording sessions. He now is considered one of the top men in he field. Mel is a native Philadelphian. He was born in 1930 and was an exceptional student at the Curtis Institute, where he studied composition, theory and orchestration together with the trumpet. Mel also studied privately with Rosenfeld, who is the first trumpet player with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This accounts for his impeccable technique and full, rich tone.

After graduating from Curtis, Mel wen to Temple University for advance studies. While studying music, Mel was putting his training into practical use by playing numerous club dates in and around Philadelphia. During this time, he played a short stint with the St. Louis Symphonetta which, according to Mel, gave him a wealth of experience in meticulous ensemble playing. When Mel came to New York, his articulate talent was quickly recognized by all the top leaders and contractors.

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