“Mating Call” is primarily a Tadd Dameron album, all compositions are by him. Of course, having John Coltrane on board always opens up the opportunity to create a masterpiece. Its important to note, this 1956 album was recorded prior to Coltrane’s groundbreaking “Blue Train.” This particular album is considered to be a classic example of hard bop and its limitless possibilities. Hard Bop, which blossomed from Bebop, is often misunderstood and labeled as not having the extended range to improvise enough to be categorized as Avant-Garde. Whom ever things in this manner is totally out of their rocker! Hard Bop is the root of ALL avant-Garde! Get this album, its a real sleeper!
About the album:
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). This fine set, recorded on November 30, 1956, has been reissued several times, often as a John Coltrane date, but make no mistake, this is a Tadd Dameron session, and his elegant compositions are its key component. Coltrane was fresh off playing with Miles Davis in 1956 and was still a year away from heading his own sessions and three years away from recording Giant Steps, so it might be said that he was in transition, but then when was Coltrane not in transition?. Dameron wisely gives him plenty of…… Read More