TAD DAMERON
                 Recording Date: 
                        March 9, 1956

                       Joe Alexander   TS
                       Henry Coker      TB 
                       Tadd Dameron   P
                       Kenny Dorham   TP
                       Cecil Payne       TS 
                       Sahib Shihab     AS
                       John Simmons   B 
                       Shadow Wilson  D


Review by Scott Yanow
Pianist-composer-arranger Tadd Dameron led relatively few sessions in his career, making the half-hour of music on this CD reissue quite valuable. Dameron performs five of his originals (best-known are the complex "Fontainebleau" and "The Scene Is Clean") with an octet comprised of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, trombonist Henry Coker, altoist Sahib Shihab, tenor saxophonist Joe Alexander, baritonist Cecil Payne, bassist John Simmons, drummer Shadow Wilson and the leader's sparse piano. As is usual with most Dameron dates, the emphasis is on his inventive arrangements although there is space (most notably on the 11-minute blues "Bula-Beige") for individual solos. Recommended.

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