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Fontainebleau

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fontainebleau
  2. Delirium
  3. The Scene Is Clean
  4. Flossie Lou
  5. Bula-Beige


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000Y3E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
It is a real shame that so many Original Jazz Classics CDs have been deleted in the past year, with Tadd Dameron's "Fontainebleau" one of the numerous victims. This octet recording from March 9, 1956 basically features arrangements for jazz orchestra, with Dameron as the featured soloist. While Tadd's a good pianist (and a better composer), this format somewhat disappoints because solid improvisors like Kenny Dorham, Cecil Payne and Sahib Shihab are left to play only charts and the occasional brief alternating solo (though trombonist Henry Coker's on "Flossie-Lou" particularly stands out). Things stretch out more on the 11-minute plus "Bula-Beige," with all players getting a chance to say something, and more extended numbers like this would have made for a better album in my opinion. Regardless, with only a handful of Tadd Dameron discs available -- check out his collaborations with Fats Navarro, Miles Davis and John Coltrane -- snatch this one up before there are only a Tadd left.
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By John M. on September 12, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Kenny Dorham trumpet, Joe Alexander tenor saxophone, Sahib Shiab alto saxophone, Henry Coker trombone, Cecil Payne baritone saxophone, Tadd Dameron piano, John Simmons bass, Shadow Wilson drums ---- I give it 5 stars to give it a boost in the overall rating. At first sight a group of second stringers plus a unknown, but not everyone solos on every track and when they do solo they play better than you might expect. Sahib Shiab's firey double time solo, with a pure tone, where everything makes sense, on the 11 min. track Bula Biege is the highlight of the session. Cecil Payne also has a good solo on this track playing with a deeper tone than on some of other recordings from this period.

The Scene Is Clean and Flossie Lou were recorded the previous year by Clifford Brown and Sonny Rollins under the leadership of Max Roach so Tadd gives us more restrained versions, being the only soloist on The Scene and allowing Basie tronbonist Henry Coker to be the only soloist on Flossie Lou. Coker also solos on Bula Beige. Joe Alexander and Kenny Dorham are featured on the Be Bop type tune Delirium and Joe has a solo on Bula Beige also. The title track Fontianebleau is mostly ensemble with Dorham and Shiab playing 16 bars of melody apiece at the beginning - This session was reissued on LP in it's entirty, with no tracks from any other session, in 1970 by Prestige records by the name of The Tadd Dameron Memorial Album.
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All Dameron compositions with the usual melodic tunes that are developed in ensemble and solo improvisations. The good music is well supported by the fine players.
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