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Tadd Dameron as a composer and arranger was the man who in the 1940s and ‘50s was among the first to use the sometimes raw and undisciplined devices of the then- new style of jazz called bebop in well-developed arrangements for big bands and small groups. Perhaps more than any other musician, Dameron added form to the then-emerging style of bop. Born in Cleveland in 1917, Dameron grew up with music all around him, his mother first taught him to play piano, "not to read, but by memory." But, it was Dameron’s older brother, Caesar, a saxophonist, who got his brother interested in jazz by listening to the records of the big bands of the 1930’s like Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, and the Casa Loma band that was playing unique arrangements at the time. Cleveland jazz musician Andy Anderson said he first heard Dameron in the 1930s when Caesar brought his kid brother to a nightclub, and asked if the boy could sit in with the Snake White Band


Miles Davis With Tadd Dameron Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: At The Royal Roost : Good Bait; Focus; April In Paris; Webb’s Delight; Milano, Casbah. In Paris: Rifftide; Good Bait; Don’t Blame Me; Wha Hoo; Allen’s Alley; Embraceable You; Ornithology; All The Things You Are.


Article: Album Review

Kent Engelhardt & Stephen Enos: Madd For Tadd

Read "Madd For Tadd" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The masterworks on this second edition of Madd for Tadd are presented on two discs, one of which bears the name of one of composer/pianist Tadd Dameron's classic themes, “Our Delight." Oddly, the other is named for the only non-Dameronian item on the menu, “Central Avenue Swing," written by saxophonist and Dameron chronicler Kent Engelhardt who ...


Article: Album Review

Joe La Barbera: World Travelers

Read "World Travelers" reviewed by Dave Linn

Drummer Joe La Barbera has an extensive and impressive resume. At the age of 20, he played in the second drum chair for the Buddy Rich Big Band before driving the 1972 stellar lineup of Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. In 1978, he was offered the prestigious opportunity to be part of the acclaimed (and what turned ...


Article: Album Review

Kevin O'Connell Quartet: Hot New York Minutes

Read "Hot New York Minutes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Hot New York Minutes is Chicago-based pianist Kevin O'Connell's date, it could well be saxophonist Adam Brenner's, as the two share roughly equal time soloing and contribute their talents as writer and/or arranger on half a dozen of the album's ten numbers. In fact, the subtitle reads “Featuring Adam Brenner," and the album, O'Connell writes, ...


Article: Album Review

Louis Stewart & Noel Kelehan: Some Other Blues

Read "Some Other Blues" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Hot on the heels of the reissue of Louis Stewart's seminal 1977 album Out On His Own (Liva Records, 2023)--one of the great solo jazz guitar albums--the revitalized label inspired by the Dublin guitarist launches another gem from its treasure trove of archival recordings. Previously unreleased, Some Other Blues captures Stewart in a duo setting with ...


Article: Album Review

Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker: Live Revisited

Read "Live Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

The first six tracks on this album, which were recorded at New York City's Town Hall on June 22, 1945, are amongst the most exciting in the jazz compendium. Not only because of their intrinsic artistic merit but also because they mark one of the first, if not the first, occasion the vanguard of the bop ...


Article: Album Review

Kevin O'Connell Quartet Featuring Adam Brenner: Hot New York Minutes

Read "Hot New York Minutes" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Finding one's own voice as a musician is never an easy process; extending that to taking the spotlight and leading your own band is another step up. For some, it can take years. Kevin O'Connell is an example of exactly that. He has been a jazz pianist since the 1980s, working with the Clifford Jordan Quartet ...


Article: Album Review

Bert Joris: Octet Sessions, Vol. 3

Read "Octet Sessions, Vol. 3" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For the Octet Sessions, Vol. 3 in Brussels-based Jazz Master Tracks' series of accessible apps, the renowned Belgian trumpeter/composer Bert Joris was tasked with rearranging eight of his splendid compositions written for big bands, symphonic orchestras and other large ensembles for an octet comprised of some of western Europe's leading jazz musicians. Joris chose to do ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Violin Works For Jazz, Coltrane Between Miles And Sheets Of Sound

Read "Violin Works For Jazz, Coltrane Between Miles And Sheets Of Sound" reviewed by David Brown

In week's edition we visit vivacious violin works in jazz from Ray Nance of the Ellington Outfit, Billy Bang & His Quartet, Jennifer Curtis with Tyshawn Sorley and a new release form NYC-based South Korean violinist Katherine Kyu Hyeon Lim. We'll also check in on some post Miles, pre-Atlantic/Impulse recordings from John Coltrane. Teddy Wilson the ...


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