Fred's Delight – Tadd Dameron
Fred's Delight has a charming melody with that classic Tadd Dameron debonair touch.
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- Recording: Artie Shaw - Artie Shaw And His Orchestra
- Recorded on: January 6, 1950
- Label: Thesarus Transcriptions ()
- Concert Key: C
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Clarinet - Artie Shaw
Our lead sheet also shows Tadd's original melodic introduction that weaves through different sections of the big band on the Artie Shaw recording.
Historian, educator and musician Paul Combs has been working for years on a Tadd Dameron biography: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron, and Paul's thoroughly researched and fascinating book is now available.
As Combs' notes, "The Artie Shaw band, for which Tadd wrote in 1949, represented the clarinetist's try at a modern-jazz-style band. It had several well-known, young, progressive musicians on board: trumpeter Don Fagerquist; saxophonists Frank Socolow, Herbie Steward, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Danny Bank; guitarist Jimmy Raney; and drummer Irv Kluger."
A trivia fact: Dameron's scores for Shaw "were written on 'Stan Kenton Orchestra' score paper."
February 21, 1917 – March 8, 1965
A giant of the bebop era, Dameron had a wonderful melodic and harmonic imagination which he brought to compositions and arrangements for both small and big bands. Writing first for Harlan Leonard, Jimmy Lunceford, Count Basie and Billy Eckstine, in the late '40s Dameron started composing and arranging for Dizzy Gillespie's big band. He also recorded his own superb sextet for Blue Note Records in 1947 which featured trumpet great Fats Navarro. Read more...