The Pianists` Touch
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INCLUDES THE COMPLETE LPS “THE CATS” & “MATING CALL”
FEATURING TADD DAMERON, TOMMY FLANAGAN & PHILLY JOE JONES.
Although these recordings were originally issued under the leadership of Tadd Dameron (1917-1965) and Tommy Flanagan (1930-2001) - both important jazz figures in their own right - the main figure of both sessions is unarguably the mythical tenor sax player John Coltrane (1926-1967). While the connection may not be obvious, the two albums included here have something else in common other than Coltrane’s presence and a close recording date: both present small groups (a quartet and a sextet) organized by a talented pianist who presents his own compositions. If Tadd Dameron seems a less brilliant pianist than Flanagan, this is compensated by his genius as a composer and arranger. On the other hand, Tommy Flanagan’s compositions are a bit less sophisticated than Dameron’s, but he is without a doubt a much more accomplished interpreter. Trane’s magic shines throughout both albums in what could be described as his “middle stage” of musical development.
JOHN COLTRANE, tenor sax on all tracks, with
(1-6) Mating Call (Prestige ST7070)
TADD CAMERON, piano
JOHN SIMMONS, bass
PHILLY JOE JONES, drums
Hackensack, New Jersey, November 30, 1956.
All tunes composed by Tadd Cameron
(7-11) The Cats (New Jazz LP8217)
IDREES SULLIVAN, trumpet
TOMMY FLANAGAN, piano
KENNY BURRELL, guitar
DOUG WATKINS, bass
LOUIS HAYES, drums
Rhythm section only on track 11
Hackensack, New Jersey, April 18, 1957.
All tunes composed by Tommy Flanagan excepr track 11, by George & Ira Gershwin
INCLUDES 12 PAGE BOOKLET
01. MATING CALL 5:38
02. GNID 5:10
03. SOULTRANE 5:25
04. ON A MISTY NIGHT 6:24
05. ROMAS 6:55
06. SUPER JET 5:52
07. MINOR MISHAP 7:28
08. ECLYPSO 7:59
09. SOLACIUM 9:11
10. TOMMY’S TIME 11:59
11. HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON? 5:59
TOTAL TIME: 78:04 mins.