Magazine article IAJRC Journal

K.D. Is Here/New York City 1962 & 1966

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

K.D. Is Here/New York City 1962 & 1966

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* K.D. is Here/New York City 1962 & 1966/ Kenny Dorham (Uptown Records UPCD 27.85). Kenny Dorham (t), Sonny Red aka Sylvester Knyer Jr. (as), Cedar Walton (p), John Ore (b), Hugh Walker (d). Recorded at the Half Note, NYC, February 25, 1966. Jung Fu/Alan Grant and Kenny Dorham talk/Spring Is Here/ Alan Grant and Kenny Dorham talk/Somewhere In the Night/Alan Grant and Kenny Dorham talk/The Shadow of Your Smile/Alan Grant and Kenny Dorham talk/ Straight Ahead. Kenny Dorham (t), Joe Farrell (ts), Walter Bishop Jr. (p), Larry Gales (b), Stu Martin (d). Recorded at the Flamboyan, Queens, NYC - November 12, 1962. Woody'n You/Alan Grant introduces the band/If I Should Lose You/Alan Grant talks/Au Privave (incomplete) (TT 73:48)

McKinley Howard "Kenny" Dorham may have lived only 48 years, but during that time he worked with everybody and I do mean everybody - from the first generation of bebop and beyond, even with Dizzy Gillespie. Go check it out on Tom Lord. He had to be first-call trumpet for many bop sessions in New York. Yet he must have been one of the most underrated jazz musicians in the history of the music. Well, this disc consists of two live recordings of the master and he is at his absolute best. Every issue from Uptown Records belongs in your collection if you have any interest in jazz, especially bop.

The first of these two sessions finds him at age 42 years with an all-star group. Sonny Red is almost as underrated as the leader. …

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