I'm Never Happy Anymore (vocal) – Tadd Dameron & Irving Reid
With Irving Reid's bittersweet lyrics, this song would work well as a vocal ballad. However, it's been recorded in quite different settings.
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- Recording: Per Husby - Dedications
- Recorded on: January 6-7, 1985
- Label: Affinity (AFF 136)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano, G3 to G4
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Vocals - Karin Krog
- Trumpet - Jan Allan, Martin Drover
- French Horn - Odd Ulleberg
- Trombone - Frode Thingnaes
- Tuba - Stein Erik Tafjord
- Soprano Sax, Clarinet - Guttorm Guttormsen
- Alto Sax - Vidar Johansen
- Tenor Sax - Knut Riisnaes
- Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet - John Surman
- Piano - Egil Kapstad
- Bass - Terje Venaas
- Drums - Egil Johansen
The lead sheet is written in 4/4, in the concert key of B-flat.
Lyric Description: This story is told from a jaded viewpoint, one who has experienced a serious relationship but not been able to make it work.
If another key would be better for you, send the key you'd like to Don and we'll post the transposition on the website for purchase. If you're not sure which key is best, send us your range and we'll work with you to figure out the best key.
Other songs on "Dedications" feature Georgie Fame. Ten years later, Husby did a second album with Krog and Fame, "If You Could See Me Now", recorded in New York featuring more Dameron titles. "Dedications" also includes a Dameron medley of his "jazz standards" Lady Bird and Good Bait.
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...
December 14, 1918 – May 16, 1977
Irving Reid was a very gifted lyricist in New York during the 1950s and 1960s. He worked extensively in musical theater and has over 250 titles registered at the performance rights societies. He worked with many other composers and lyricists, even wrote for shows and dramas. His works range from popular music (some recorded by Perry Como) to jazz to sacred. Read more...