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Concert key: C
Style: Medium swing
Recording Information: Recorded on January 6, 1950, and released on "Artie Shaw And His Orchestra" (Thesaurus Transcriptions).
- Clarinet - Artie Shaw
- The Artie Shaw Orchestra
Description: Although this composition was conceived and orchestrated as a big band arrangement for Artie Shaw, its 32-measure AABA song form melody with added eight-measure interlude section would work delightfully in any small group setting as well.
Our lead sheet also shows Tadd's original melodic introduction that weaves through different sections of the big band on the Artie Shaw recording.
Historical Notes: I have to thank Paul Combs for supplying me with a copy of Tadd's original score several years ago. I immediately recognized Tadd's manuscript, so I was very excited. Tadd's complete arrangement (score and parts) is now available at ejazzlines.com.
Historian, educator and musician Paul Combs has been working for years on a Tadd Dameron biography: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron, and Paul's thoroughly researched and fascinating book is now available.
As Combs' notes, "The Artie Shaw band, for which Tadd wrote in 1949, represented the clarinetist's try at a modern-jazz-style band. It had several well-known, young, progressive musicians on board: trumpeter Don Fagerquist; saxophonists Frank Socolow, Herbie Steward, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Danny Bank; guitarist Jimmy Raney; and drummer Irv Kluger." A trivia fact: Dameron's scores for Shaw "were written on 'Stan Kenton Orchestra' score paper."