In the story of modern jazz, there are numerous lesser-sung heroes and heroines, and one such artist is composer, arranger and pianist Tadd Dameron, whose advanced sense of harmonics and lyrical melodicism made him, in the words of his biographer Paul Combs, "the architect of bop He came of musical age in the swing era, helped fire the bebop revolution, and continued into the hardbop era of the s and early 60s before dying at the age of 48 in The two made a number of significant recordings together for the Capitol, Blue Note and Savoy labels: In Dameron traveled to Europe with a group that included another young trumpeter, Miles Davis. Combs said that Dameron was often off the scene throughout the s because of his legal, substance-abuse, and other problems, and that this contributed to his lack of wider recognition. But in he was diagnosed with cancer. Dameron said that there was enough ugliness in the world, and that he was interested in beauty.
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To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. But mention Tadd Dameron to many younger jazz fans today and he will be remembered, if at all, as a vaguely familiar name on a record jacket. Navarro had star billing on the album, in fact he was only the featured soloist.
Jones is calling his musical program, is not a dry scholarly re-creation, nor is it a trip down Memory Lane. Swinging the Blues Mr. Dameron was born Feb. Dameron began writing arrangements for Harlan Leonard and his Rockets, an orchestra that was not well known compared to most of the Kansas City bands but was respected by musicians.
It did not take long for Mr. But only insiders were aware that some of Mr. In fact, Mr. Dameron had created some of the same innovations that Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie used as premises for modern jazz, and about the same time. Dameron arrived at these innovations independently. Whenever he got an idea in his mind, he would just sit down and start writing. He could write out a whole composition just lying on the floor.
Once in a while, he would get up and walk over to the piano to check what he had written, and it was always right. But Mr. Dameron was a musical architect who thought in terms of complete, balanced performances.
He frequently inserted arranged ensemble passages between solos and more often than not he dictated the order of solos. When his bands included improvisers as resourceful as the trumpet player Fats Navarro or Clifford Brown, he often waited until the other musicians had soloed and then turned Mr. Brown or Mr. Navarro loose, so that his pieces flowed naturally and inexorably toward an intense and frequently spectacular climax.
At the time, composer-bandleaders were expected to master the piano, or another instrument, and Mr. Dameron was hardly a virtuoso at the keyboard. The album proved that while he was never a great pianist he was a master at accompanying soloists, building performances by prodding and prompting the musicians, conducting from the keyboard, and creating vivid, haunting moods.
Dameron fell victim to the narcotics epidemic that plagued so many jazz musicians at the time. He left New York in and returned in , cured, a healthy man. One of his most lyrical and joyous compositions celebrated his victory and undoubtedly that of many other musicians over hard drugs.
He played intelligently supportive piano when the need arose, but he thought of himself as a composer first, and that was how he wanted to be remembered. He died of cancer on March 8, , having recorded only a handful of albums. Jones has assembled recalls a number of Mr.
In many cases, no written scores survive, and Mr. Sickler and Mr. Oddo painstakingly transcribed Mr.
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To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. This was partly due to Mr. But it was also due to the musicians - the pianist Tommy Flanagan, the bassist George Mraz, the drummer Kenny Washington and the tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse.
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