Kenny Dorham – Quiet Kenny {Fantasy}[xrcd]


Review by Michael G. Nastos (allmusic.com)
In the liner notes of Quiet Kenny, former Downbeat magazine publisher Jack Maher states that trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s music is not necessarily the demure, balladic, rapturous jazz one might associate as romantic or tranquil. Cool and understated might be better watchwords for what the ultra-melodic Dorham achieves on this undeniably well crafted set of standards and originals that is close to containing his best work overall during a far too brief career. Surrounded by an excellent rhythm team of the equally sensitive pianist Tommy Flanagan, emerging bassist Paul Chambers, and the always-beneficial drummer Art Taylor, Dorham and his mates are not prone to missteps or overt exaggerations. One of Dorham’s all-time best tunes “Lotus Blossom” kicks off the set with its bop to Latin hummable melody, fluid dynamics, and Dorham’s immaculate, unpretentious tone. “Old Folks,” a classic ballad, is done mid-tempo, while the true “quiet” factor comes into play on interesting version of “My Ideal” where Dorham gingerly squeezes out the slippery wet notes, and on the sad ballad “Alone Together.” The rest of the material is done in easygoing, unforced fashion, especially the originals “Blue Friday” and the simple swinger “Blue Spring Shuffle” which is not really a shuffle. Never known as a boisterous or brash player, but also not a troubadour of romanticism — until he started singing — Dorham’s music is also far from complacent, and this recording established him as a Top Five performer in jazz on his instrument. It comes recommended to all.

Tracklist:
01. Lotus Blossom (04:43)
02. My Ideal (05:09)
03. Blue Friday (08:50)
04. Alone Together (03:14)
05. Blue Spring Shuffle (07:40)
06. I Had the Craziest Dream (04:42)
07. Old Folks (05:16)
08. Mack the Knife (03:04)

Personnel:
Kenny Dorham – trumpet
Tommy Flanagan – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Art Taylor – drums

Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ; November 13, 1959.

Label: Fantasy – xrcd Edition
Year: 1992
Genre: Jazz
Style: Classic Jazz, Hard Bop
Total Time: 42:38

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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Kenny Dorham – Whistle Stop {Blue Note} “Analogue Productions”


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Kenny Dorham was always underrated throughout his career, not only as a trumpeter but as a composer. The CD reissue of Whistle Stop features seven of his compositions, none of which have been picked up by any of the “Young Lions” of the ’90s despite their high quality and many fresh melodies. Dorham teams up with tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley (who he had recorded with previously along with Art Blakey and Max Roach), pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones for a set of lively, fresh, and consistently swinging music. This is a generally overlooked near-classic set.

Tracks:
01 – ‘Philly’ Twist
02 – Buffalo
03 – Sunset
04 – Whistle Stop
05 – Sunrise in Mexico
06 – Windmill
07 – Dorham’s Epitaph

Personnel:
Kenny Dorham – trumpet
Hank Mobley – tenor sax
Kenny Drew – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Philly Joe Jones – drums

Originally released in 1961.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork