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The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron

by Vanessa Rubin

Revered as both a torchbearer and a storyteller, this vocalist possesses a voice hailed for crystalline clarity, hearth-like warmth and playful lioness sass. Known for her ability to swing, she likes to say, this is "Great Jazz in Grand Style.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Lady Bird
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2. Kitchenette Across the Hall
2:35 $0.99
3. If You Could See Me Now
7:10 $0.99
4. Weekend
3:34 $0.99
5. On a Misty Night
4:17 $0.99
6. Never Been in Love
4:05 $0.99
7. Next Time Around
5:18 $0.99
8. Good Bait
3:06 $0.99
9. Reveries Do Come True (The Dream Is You)
3:51 $0.99
10. Whatever Possessed Me
5:08 $0.99
11. You're a Joy
5:29 $0.99
12. I Think I'll Go Away
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Vanessa Rubin is more than a singer. As any good singer, and Vanessa is one of the best, she is a storyteller, and the stories she tells are both those in the lyrics, and those in the art of this music, as well. In this recording she is profoundly interpretive with each lyric while telling the story of Tadd Dameron and what he means not only to her, but to the art of jazz.

Tadd Dameron (2/17/17 – 3/8/65) was one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Well ahead of the curve in the developments in jazz in the 1940s and 1950s, he was a friend and colleague of Kenny Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, and was involved in the formation of the ground-breaking Billy Eckstine Orchestra. His work in the 1940s anticipated developments in jazz in the late 1950s and 1960s. He was also a mentor to many musicians, including Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Billy Paul, Charlie Rouse, and Sarah Vaughan. A sometime singer and vocal coach himself, Dameron had a life-long interest in the connection of words and music. From early in his career, he was writing lyrics for his own songs, and working with lyricists. While nowhere near as gifted a lyricist as a composer, it is important to understand that he often had a story of some kind in mind when composing.

For arrangers, Vanessa has called upon five of the best, four of whom have direct connections to Tadd. Benny Golson, who penned both forwards in two books about Tadd, also scored the “If You Could See Me Now”, and considered his time riding in Tadd’s car when they were working with “Bull Moose” Jackson his graduate school. “Lady Bird”, “ Weekend” and “You’re A Joy” were arranged by Frank Foster, who told me he learned the essentials of arranging by listening to Tadd’s recordings from the late 1940s. Jimmy Heath spent time discussing music with Tadd when he would visit with their mutual friend Doc West. He scored “On A Misty Night”, where we also enjoy the clever lyric of Georgie Fame on the vocal improv, “Whatever Possess’d Me,” “I Think I’ll Go Away,” and “Reveries Do Come True,” a/k/a “The Dream Is You.” Tadd’s classic “Good Bait” was arranged by Willie “Face” Smith, an old Cleveland friend and colleague who was perhaps the closest to Tadd. The fifth arranger, Bobby Watson, despite coming on the scene after Dameron had passed, gives us a lyrical chart of “Never Been In Love” that fits beautifully with the others.

Seven of the songs presented here have lyrics as intended, the other five have had lyrics added, and in all but one case the original titles give the lyricist a strong suggestion to go by. Included in this second group is Vanessa’s lyric for “The Dream Is You,” which Tadd wrote for a Milt Jackson album, and Vanessa retitled “Reveries Do Come True.” Vanessa, who grew up in Dameron’s home town, Cleveland, OH, was mentored by musicians who knew him personally. Her title and lyric for this beautiful melody expresses her vision of expanding the vocal library for singers by highlighting Tadd’s music, and hoping for greater awareness of this great American musician’s contribution to our rich musical heritage.



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