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December 17, 2009


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Jason Crane

Great post, Marc, and a fascinating story. I'd love it if you'd dig into Tadd's music again in your inimitable way.

One of my favorite records by any artist is Tadd's Fontainebleau. This is one of those albums where I can sing all the parts and never tire of listening to it. I picked it up when I lived in Japan, during a time when I would go to some of the many jazz CD shops in Tokyo and buy anything with the Prestige design on the spine.

My grandparents used to stay at a hotel in Florida called the Fontainebleau. I doubt there's any relation, but I think that little bit of nostalgia gives an extra emotional weight to my enjoyment of this album.

Michael Steinman

There's also a wonderful Tardo Hammer trio CD on Sharp Nine called . . . you guessed it! Extraordinary music and recording, balancing nicely between respect and freedom. But I'm sure you already know it!

O'Sullivan, "Red"

I'm proud to say I'm good friends with Tadd's widow, Mia, who lives now in The United Kingdom. She's a great, great lady - I know this reissue will come as great news (I do know that she also loved Tardo Hammer's "Stop Look and Listen" CD very much indeed. It is a great one).
(And in this same Billy Taylor program, there's a solo Tommy Flanagan version of Tadd's "Swift As The Wind" which is mind-blowingly great Flanagan. Also on YouTube. I wouldn't want to be without the original version, though on "The Magic Touch of Tadd Dameron", Riverside, with Clark Terry and Bill Evans. A desert island disc).
There's also a little known but sensationaly great Tadd tribute record by Dave Frishberg, "Dameron II/V" - really a marvellous record.

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