The Magic Touch (Tadd Dameron album)

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The Magic Touch
Tadd Dameron album - The Magic Touch.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedNew York, February – April, 1962
LabelRiverside / Original Jazz Classics
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Tadd Dameron chronology
Mating Call
The Magic Touch
Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat3/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]

The Magic Touch is a 1962 album by jazz pianist and arranger Tadd Dameron and His Orchestra, released on Riverside Records. It was also Dameron's final completed work before his passing three years later.

The Allmusic Review of the line-up says that "one has to be in awe of them, and that only Dameron was able to convene such a band of extraordinary jazz performers in their prime."[4]

The album has since been reissued many times on Original Jazz Classics, most recently in 2008.[4]


In his Down Beat magazine review critic John S. Wilson awarded the album three stars and wrote: "Although Dameron's arrangements are, for the most part, designed as settings for soloists, neither the soloists nor the arrangements generate much interest."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Dameron except where noted.

  1. "On a Misty Night"
  2. "Fontainebleau"
  3. "Just Plain Talkin'"
  4. "If You Could See Me Now" (Dameron, Sigman)
  5. "Our Delight"
  6. "Dial B for Beauty"
  7. "Look, Stop and Listen "
  8. "Bevan's Birthday"
  9. "You're a Joy"
  10. "Swift as the Wind"



  • Ken Deardoff - Design
  • Phil DeLancie - Digital Remastering
  • Ray Fowler - Engineer
  • Joe Goldberg - Liner Notes
  • Orrin Keepnews - Producer
  • Steve Schapiro - Photography


  1. ^ a b Down Beat, September 27, 1962, Vol. 29, No. 25
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 56. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G. at Allmusic.