The Great Compositions by Tadd Dameron(1)

January 16.2017

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This week I want to post about Tadd Dameron’s compositions.

Today I will post about ”Hot House”.

Many bop charts were built on the foundations of older standards.

It was composed based on chord progression of “What Is This Thing Called Love?” by Cole Porter.

In the early 1940s, Tadd Dameron moved to New York.

He started arranging for Billy Eckstine who led the first bebop orchestra.

Also he embraced the new sound called bebop, with its driving rhythms and difficult harmonies.

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Then he began writing for the new movement’s pioneers, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Dizzy Gillespie always played ”Hot House” with Charlie Parker.

So ”Hot House” became an anthem of the Be-bop movement.

Thier performance was culminating with a peak in this Town Hall concert on June 22 1945.

Fortunately their previous unreleased recordings were found for the first time in sixty years.

Here is Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie (1945) with Sidney Catlett play “Hot House”.

Here is Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie(1951) play “Hot House”.

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