Tadd Dameron: Super Jet


Super Jet


Tadd Dameron (piano)


Mating Call (Prestige PRLP 7070)

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Tadd Dameron (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), John Simmons (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

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


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