Blues in Bebop

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Kenny Dorham was a solid and forward-thinking modernist when he emerged in the mid-to late 1940s. The trumpeter was overshadowed throughout his career by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard, and became the epitome of the word "underrated." Dorham never recorded as a leader for Savoy other than co-leading the Be Bop Boys with altoist Sonny Stitt, so this single CD is just a sampling of his sideman appearances. Definitely not for completists since all but the Bebop Boys date issued here are incomplete, one wonders who the disc is aimed at, particularly since Dorham's most significant work was made a little later on for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Kenny Dorham was a solid and forward-thinking modernist when he emerged in the mid-to late 1940s. The trumpeter was overshadowed throughout his career by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard, and became the epitome of the word "underrated." Dorham never recorded as a leader for Savoy other than co-leading the Be Bop Boys with altoist Sonny Stitt, so this single CD is just a sampling of his sideman appearances. Definitely not for completists since all but the Bebop Boys date issued here are incomplete, one wonders who the disc is aimed at, particularly since Dorham's most significant work was made a little later on for Blue Note. The trumpeter is heard with the Billy Eckstine Orchestra playing "The Jitney Man"; performing eight numbers plus two alternate takes with the Be Bop Boys a quintet also including altoist Stitt and pianist Bud Powell; on three songs with a band headed by vibraphonist Milt Jackson and including the pioneer jazz French horn player Julius Watkins; on three tunes from a February 12, 1949 broadcast by the Charlie Parker Quintet and available in much more complete form elsewhere, and on four of the selections from a 1956 album by baritonist Cecil Payne. The bop and hard bop music heard throughout this CD is consistently enjoyable, but the reissue is a bit of a frivolity. The Be Bop Boys date should have been coupled with some other unrelated all-star sessions instead, with the other Dorham sideman dates being reissued in full in more logical sets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041702821
  • Catalog Number: 17028

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Jitney Man (2:49)
  2. 2 Bebop In Pastel (2:51)
  3. 3 Fool's Fancy (2:32)
  4. 4 Bombay (2:52)
  5. 5 Ray's Idea (2:44)
  6. 6 Serenade To A Square (2:33)
  7. 7 Good Kick (2:36)
  8. 8 Seven Up (2:27)
  9. 9 Blues in Bebop (2:41)
  10. 10 Bebop In Pastel (2:50)
  11. 11 Bebop In Pastel (2:53)
  12. 12 Conglomeration (2:53)
  13. 13 Bruz (2:52)
  14. 14 Roll 'Em, Bags (2:40)
  15. 15 Scrapple From The Apple - Charlie Parker (4:34)
  16. 16 Barbados - Charlie Parker (3:53)
  17. 17 Be Bop - Charlie Parker (3:16)
  18. 18 Saucer Eyes - Cecil Payne (6:40)
  19. 19 Man of Moods - Cecil Payne (5:35)
  20. 20 Bringing Up Father - Cecil Payne (6:21)
  21. 21 Groovin' High - Cecil Payne (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Dorham Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Trumpet
Gene Ammons Tenor Saxophone
Billy Eckstine Vocals, Track Performer
Al Haig Piano
Milt Jackson Piano, Vibes
Duke Jordan Piano
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Bud Powell Piano
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Stitt Alto Saxophone
Art Taylor Drums
Julius Watkins French Horn
Tommy Potter Bass
Norris Turney Alto Saxophone
Wallace Bishop Drums
Art Blakey Drums
Kenny Clarke Drums
Al Hall Bass
Boonie Hazel Trumpet
Tate Houston Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Gerald Valentine Trombone
Connie Wainwright Guitar
Milt Jackson Sextet Track Performer
Raymond Orr Trumpet
Bill McMahon Bass
The Be Bop Boys Track Performer
Robert Scott Trombone
Technical Credits
Kenny Dorham Composer
Gil Fuller Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Bud Powell Composer
Herb Abramson Producer
Steve Backer Executive Producer
Ray Brown Composer
Kenny Clarke Composer
Walter Fuller Composer
Dan Morgenstern Contributor
Teddy Reig Producer
Gerald Valentine Composer
Doug Ramsey Liner Notes
Isabelle Wong Graphic Design
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