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Tardo Hammer: Look Stop & Listen: The Music of Tadd Dameron

More than other great jazz composers like Ellington and Monk, Tadd Dameron was an artist of his era. His time was WWII and right after, as swing became bop. Dameron’s music is prewar melodic romanticism turned ambiguous by complex postwar harmonies and nervous bop rhythms.

Perhaps that is why Tardo Hammer is the finest living Dameron interpreter. He is not only a monster of the bop idiom technically; he comes from it spiritually, too. (Never mind that he was born in 1958.)

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