Kenny Dorham

K.D. Is Here - New York City 1962 and 1966 (UPCD 27.85)

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K.D. Is Here - New York City 1962 and 1966

Kenny Dorham

Uptown

026198278526

UTR 149947

UPCD 27.85

JAZZ

1

CD 12,39 €

Kenny Dorham has always been famous for not being famous enough. He has been described as being a synonymous for underrated, called an uncrowned trumpet king -Art Blakey already in 1955- or tagged as the most underrated player in the business – Andrew Hill in 1964. He never gained the same recognition as of some of his contemporaries like Miles, Dizzy or Clifford. However, recordings like these remind us that crowned or not crowned, Kenny was Kenny Dorham, an extraordinary improviser, a prolific composer and a generous bandmate. A true musician’s musician.

This new Uptown jewel (a label we can never be thankful enough for) presents Kenny in two important phases of his career albeit little documented hence its importance. Two radio broadcasts, 1966 at the Half Note and 1962 at the Flamboyan.

The music is fresh and exciting but familiar at the same time. There’s an element of surprise and discovery embedded in the heart of Dorham’s improvisations. He is not playing using a bag of tricks and rarely repeating himself with a unique sense of swing and a refined and pure melody.

Easily recommended


PERSONNEL:

ON TRACKS 1-9:

KENNY DORHAM, trumpet
SONNY RED (Sylvester Kyner Jr), alto sax
CEDAR WALTON, piano
JOHN ORE, bass
HUGH WALKER, drums

Portraits in Jazz Radio Broadcast, The Half Note, New York, February 25, 1966

ON TRACKS 10-14

KENNY DORHAM, trumpet
JOE FARRELL, tenor sax
WALTER BISHOP Jr, piano
LARRY GALES, bass
STU MARTIN, drums

Concepts in Jazz Radio Broadcast, The Flamboyan, New York, November 12, 1962.

TRACKS:

01. Jung Fu
02. Alan Grant and Kenny Dorham Talk
03. Spring Is Here
04. Alan Grant and Kenny Dorham Talk
05. Somewhere In The Night
06. Alan Grant and Kenny Dorham Talk
07. The Shadow of Your Smile
08. Alan Grant and Kenny Dorham Talk
09. Straight Ahead
10. Woody'n You
11. Alan Grant Introduce the band
12. If I Should Lose You
13. Alan Grant Talk
14. Au Privave (Incomplete)