Blues in Bebop

Blues in Bebop

by Kenny Dorham
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/1999
Label:
Savoy Jazz
UPC:
0795041702821
catalogNumber:
17028

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Performance Credits

Kenny Dorham   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Gene Ammons   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Eckstine   Vocals,Track Performer
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
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
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
Dan Morgenstern   Contributor
Teddy Reig   Producer
Gerald Valentine   Composer
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
Isabelle Wong   Graphic Design

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