Tadd Dameron - Episode 1Dameron performed with the most important musicians of the period, in addition to leading his own bands. He wrote arrangements for almost every big band post 1945 including Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Georgie Auld and many others. His band that performed at the Royal Roost in the late 1940’s included the great jazz trumpet virtuoso Fats Navarro. Dameron had an affinity for strong melody and composed many jazz standards.
|Dusk||The Duke Ellington Orchestra||1941|
|Dameronia||Tadd Dameron Orchestra||1947|
|Good Bait||Tadd Dameron Orchestra||1948|
|Hot House||Dizzy Gillespie Quintet||1945|
|Jhabero||Tadd Dameron Sextet||1948|
|Our Delight||Tadd Dameron Orchestra||1948|
Tadd Dameron - Episode 2This podcast will feature some of best his recordings from the Royal Roost Club with his Big Ten Orchestra from late 1948 and 1949. These are primarily live radio air-checks. The arrangements from this period exhibit many of the characteristics of the cool style made popular in the early 1950’s. There is an emphasis on texture, color, and balance between written music and improvised solos. Tadd’s Big 10 and the Miles Davis Nonet (Birth of the Cool) bear striking resemblance in arranging style; both groups were performing at the Roost between 1948 and 1949. The big difference in the two groups is that Tadd wrote and arranged all of his music whereas Miles Davis had at least 4 people writing arrangements for him. Tadd was constantly pushing the boundaries of traditional jazz arranging and some of his work was beginning to foreshadow the 3rd Stream movement of the late 1950s. Listen carefully to the very modern Study in Soulphony.
|Lady Bird||Tadd Dameron Sextet||1948|
|John's Delight||Tadd Dameron Orchestra||1949|
|Sid's Delight||Tadd Dameron Orchestra||1949|
|Focus||Tadd Dameron Orchestra||1949|
|Study in Soulphony||Dizzy Gillespie Big Band||1949|
Tadd Dameron - Episode 3The works from the mid-1950s are featured in this podcast. The 1953 recordings featured a little known trumpet player by the name of Clifford Brown who would by 1956 be celebrated as the greatest of the hard bop trumpeters. The medium tempo and ballad compositions featured here are some of most beautiful and lush in the Dameron songbook. Check out the work on the 1956 album Mating Call that featured tenor saxophonist John Coltrane.
|Theme of No Repeat||Tadd Dameron Nonet||1953|
|Dial B for Beauty||Tadd Dameron Nonet||1953|
|Fountainbleau||Tadd Dameron Octet||1956|
|On a Misty Night||Tadd Dameron||Mating Call||1956|
|Soultrane||Tadd Dameron||Mating Call||1956|
Tadd Dameron - Episode 4Tadd Dameron had an affinity for vocalists and many great ones recorded his compositions. He is one of the few jazz composers who understood how to write a vocally-conceived jazz composition; most jazz composers of the period were writing instrumentally conceived melodies that did not necessarily lend themselves to vocal interpretation. Some of the recordings feature his original compositions and arrangements; some are arrangements of other composers’ work. The arrangements all display Dameron’s magic touch with orchestration and the original compositions show the romantic side of his ballad writing that was so attractive to many great vocalists (and instrumentalists).
|I'd Rather Have a Memory than a Dream||Sarah Vaughn and Dizzy Gillespie||1945|
|If You Could See Me Now||Sarah Vaughn and Tadd Dameron||1946|
|I Think I'll Go Away||Kenny Hagood and Tadd Dameron||1948|
|What's New||Kay Penton and Tadd Dameron||1949|
|You're a Joy||Barbara Winfield and Tadd Dameron||The Magic Touch||1962|
|What Ever Possessed Me||Chet Baker||The Most Important Record of 1964-1965||1965|