Tadd Dameron was arguably the top composer/arranger of the early bebop years. Drummer Philly Joe Jones put together the group Dameronia specifically to perform Dameron's music, and this was their second and final album before Jones' death. The lineup of this band was very impressive (trumpeters Don Sickler and Virgil Jones, trombonist Benny Powell, altoist Frank Wess, Charles Davis on tenor, baritonist Cecil Payne, pianist Walter Davis, Jr., bassist Larry Ridley, and Jones on drums) and when one adds in guest soloist Johnny Griffin on tenor and Sickler's accurate transcriptions of the seven Dameron compositions (plus Benny Golson's "Killer Joe"), the result is an album that is significant both historically and musically. In other words, get this one.
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