Saturday, October 1, 2016

Geoff Simkins & Dave Cliff Play The Music of Tadd Dameron

The timeless quality of Tadd Dameron’s music is best exemplified by the love and care which has been lavished on it since his passing. The late Philly Joe Jones kept it alive with his band Dameronia in the Eighties then, following Jones’s death, trumpeter Don Sickler and pianist John Oddo carried on the task. In Norway arranger/composer Per Husby has also  declared his lasting dedication to Tadd’s music with his own specially assembled twelve-piece orchestra. In Britain there has been no shortage of interest in Dameron’s works and the Cliff-Simkins Quintet has built up an impressive library. Dave Cliff and Geoff Simkins have worked together as a quartet since tre late 80’s and their first recording for CD release was  made ir 1994 — released by Spotlite in June the following year. This excellent production, Sipping At Bells (Spotlite SPJ CD-553), finds Cliff & Simkins — sometimes playing duets — the quartet comprising the addition of Simon Woolf on bass and  drummer Mark Taylor. For musical inspiration the programme includes tunes by Wes Montgomery, George Shearing, Sal Mosca, Lester Young and Miles Davis. For this second Spotlite  release the quartet becomes a quintet with the addition of pianist Roy Hilton.
Alun Morgan (1997) from the booklet

Geoff Simkins
Dave Cliff
The Music
Tadd Dameron


1 Ladybird  5:29
2 The Squirrel  5:20
3 A Blue Time  6:34
4 If You Could See me Now  6:03
5 Flossie Lou  5:23
6 Jahbero  6:58
7 Hot House  7:38
8 Soultrane  6:36
9 Casbah  7:23
10 Good Bait  5:10
11 Our Delight  5:20
12 Harry Frost Interview with Tadd Dameon & Benny Golson  11:36
(Spring 1952-Mid Town-St. Louis)

All Compositions by Tadd Dameron

[# 1, 2, 4-6, 11]
Geoff Simkins - as
Dave Cliff - g
Roy Hilton - p
Simon Woolf - b
Steve Brown - dr
[# 3, 7-10]
Same as above, except
Mick Hutton - b, replaces Woolf
Ron Parry - dr, replaces Brown

Recorded at Red Gables Studio, Greenford, Middlesex ; March 39 & 31, 1996


Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for these fantastic musicians, MM, one of my fave ones. Messrs. Cliff, Simkins et al. are so hugely underexposed.

blbs said...

Thank you very much!

zoot said...

many thanks. agree anon.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you so much!

george said...

Many thanks, Mel!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

bhowani bhowani said...

Great ! Never heard about this Geoff Simkins, so thank you for this introduction !!

rowgatien said...

Great! Thank you.

Otis Foster said...

Great introduction, the Dameron book is a nice place to start.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You