Tadd Dameron: Super Jet
Tadd Dameron (piano)
Mating Call (Prestige PRLP 7070)
Composed by Tadd Dameron.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 30, 1956
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Just a month after the classic Miles Davis Quintet (Davis, Coltrane, Garland, Chambers and Jones) recorded its final Prestige sessions, John Coltrane and Philly Joe Jones joined forces with pianist/ arranger/composer Tadd Dameron and bassist John Simmons for this date, also on the Prestige label. Yet notwithstanding Coltrane's participation, this record is truly Dameron's showcase. Every tune is a well-built Dameron original, and the presence of Trane and Jones motivates the pianist to put his playing chops on full display. After a passable Coltrane improvisation (by Coltrane's standards), Dameron offers a minimalist, experimental solo, taking his time to explore the complex ideas he surely imagined as he penned the changes to "Super Jet."
Reviewer: Eric Novod
Tags: 1950s jazz