The Bebop Shop : Now's The Time: Bud, Bird & Bebop : Tadd, Fats & More Bebop
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For this, "every drummer" Ed Thigpen said, "owes him a debt of gratitude." Clarke was nicknamed "Klook" or "Klook-mop" for the style he innovated. Clarke was a founder member of the Modern Jazz Quartet (as the Milt Jackson Quartet) in 1951 and also participated in many recording sessions as house drummer for Savoy Records. Connie Kay took his place in the MJQ in 1955 and from 1956 Clarke was resident in France where he regularly worked with visiting American musicians in Paris. (Proper Records) Price: £15.49
Fruscella who never enjoyed the recognition he deserved, was a poet of the trumpet with a veiled, haunting sound and a touching, very personal approach. The other unsung hero of this date is Brew Moore, a warm, emotional swing player whose musical god was Lester Young.
An addition to this legendary session are two sides recorded in 1955 while the trumpeter was a member of Stan Getzs quintet, full of all the lyrical fire for which the group was celebrated.
Personnel : Tony Fruscella (tp), Brew Moore (ts), Bill Triglia (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Bill Heine (d) - New York, March 22, 1954. Bonus Tracks : Tony Fruscella (tp), Stan Getz (ts), John Williams (p), Bill Anthony (b), Frank Isola (d) - New York, January 31, 1955 (Discovery Records) Price: £12.99
A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf Price: £8.99
As an extra this set also contains a previously unreleased broadcast of Mellés quartet from Cafe Bohemia, New York in 1957. (Discovery Records) Price: £19.99
This is not a typical Tadd Dameron date in that his music is not played by a large ensemble or even a quintet. He is represented as a composer but not as an arranger. Yet his pungent themes come through strongly, carried by the searing, probing tenor saxophone of John Coltrane. (Fantasy, Inc.)
Starting out in the 1940s swing era, writer, pianist, arranger and conductor Tadd Dameron went on to become one of the foremost arranger/composers of the bop era. Amongst the great names he has worked with are:- Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Milt Jackson, Fats Navarro, Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie. (AVID Entertainment) Price: £8.99