Tadd Dameron

Lady Bird

Composed by Tadd Dameron

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Tadd Dameron supposedly wrote “Lady Bird,” an original 16 bar composition, in 1939, though he didn’t get around to recording it until he led a session featuring trumpeter Fats Navarro for Blue Note nine years later. The solid groove of this straight forward piece caught on right away with bop and cool stylists, with memorable treatments recorded by Art Blakey, Don Byas, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Lee Morgan, Gerry Mulligan, Bud Powell and Mary Lou Williams, among others. It has been covered in more recent times by Tete Montoliu, Andy LaVerne and Barry Harris. “Lady Bird” easily ranks as one of Dameron’s greatest contributions to jazz, ranking along side “If You Could See Me Now,” “Hot House,” “Good Bait,” and “Our Delight.”

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2:47
Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Vol. 1 1991
Various Artists
Smithsonian Records 2:47
The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Vol. 1-5 1995
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2:47
The Blue Note Years 1939-1999 1998
Various Artists
Blue Note 2:51
The Blue Note Years, Vol. 1: Boogie Woogie Blues & Bop 1999
Various Artists
Blue Note 2:52
1947-1949 2000 Classics 2:53
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:45
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:45
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 10
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:49
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