Friday, February 21, 2014

Random Dameronia

Tadd Dameron, c. 1946-48
(Bill Gottlieb/LoC)
Jazz has improvisation at its core, true, but ignoring composition and arranging would be a gross oversimplification and a mis-representation of the music. One of the great composers in its great tradition was Tadd Dameron, born on a day like this in 1917.

This is just a random sample of his compositions.

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Tadd Dameron-Fats Navarro Sextet: "Our Delight" (1948)

Harlan Leonard and His Rockets: "Dameron Stomp" (1940)

Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra: "Good Bait" (1947)

Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio: "If You Could See Me Now" (1965)

Stan Getz (feat. Jimmy Gourley on guitar): "Lady Bird" (1959)

Cannonball Adderley (con Nat Adderley): "Stay On It" (1959)

Dizzy Gillespie (feat. Charlie Parker): "Hot House" (1945)


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