Tadd Dameron with John Coltrane – Mating Call (Full Album)

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Mating Call is an album by Tadd Dameron issued in 1957 on Prestige Records, catalog 7070. It was recorded at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, New Jersey. All tracks were composed by Tadd Dameron.

AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett:
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 space to fill, and the rhythm section of John Simmons on bass and the great Philly Joe Jones on drums (not to mention Dameron’s own characteristically bass-heavy piano style) give Trane a solid bottom to work with, and if the spiritual and edgy emotion of his later playing isn’t quite in place yet, you can feel it coming. But again, this is Dameron’s date, with each of the six selections an original Dameron composition. There’s so much to marvel at here, including the Bahamian rhythms of the title track, “Mating Call,” the gorgeous build of “Soultrane” (often the title when this set is issued as a Coltrane date) and the undeniable grace and elegance of “On a Misty Night” (based in part on the melody line to “September in the Rain”). The straight blues piece “Romas” is also a lot of fun, particularly for Coltrane. Mating Call, or whatever title it sports, whether under Dameron’s name or Coltrane’s, is a solid and frequently overlooked gem. Don’t hesitate to pick it up (https://goo.gl/BBbj57).

Track listing:
“Mating Call” – 5:57
“Gnid” – 5:07
“Soultrane” – 5:24
“On a Misty Night” – 6:23
“Romas” – 7:45
“Super Jet” – 6:00

Tadd Dameron – piano
John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
John Simmons – bass
Philly Joe Jones – drums


Released: 1957
Recorded: November 30, 1956
Length: 34:45
Label: Prestige
Producer: Bob Weinstock