Friday, July 22, 2016

Kenny Dorham - Complete Live at the Café Bohemia

During the spring and summer of 1956, trumpeter Kenny Dorham recorded two studio albums with his Jazz Prophets, a small hard bop band involving tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose and a rhythm section of pianist Dick Katz, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Arthur Edgehill. On May 31 of that year, Dorham's group performed live at the Café Bohemia with Bobby Timmons at the piano and guitarist Kenny Burrell sitting in on all but the first of four sets. Originally engineered by Rudy Van Gelder and remastered by him in 2001, Blue Note's 2002 double-disc "Complete" Dorham Café Bohemia edition combines every usable track taped during this exceptionally fine evening of live jazz. The word "understated" has sometimes been used to describe the music played by Dorham's band on this night in 1956 ; this is only appropriate if Dorham is compared with intense individuals like Fats Navarro or Dizzy Gillespie. Dorham's jazz was perhaps more intimate and accessible precisely because his horn had an earthier tone, almost like that of a cornet. Sometimes compared with Ted Curson, Richard Williams or Freddie Hubbard, Dorham sounded a lot like the profoundly gifted and vastly underappreciated Johnny Coles, particularly during ballads like "Autumn in New York" and "Round Midnight." There are also intimations of Miles Davis, Nat Adderley and even young Don Cherry. This music is designed for relaxing and grooving out. It will greatly assist anyone who is traveling by night or trying to make it through to the end of another day.
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Kenny Dorham
The Compete 'Round Midnight
At the Café Bohemia


Cd. 1

1 K.D.'s Blues [alt. take] (Dorham)  10:41
2 Autumn in New York (Duke)  4:38
3 Monaco
[alt. take] (Dorham)  5:33
4 N.Y. Theme (Dorham)  5:39
5 K.D.'s Blues (Dorham)  9:30
6 Hill's Edge (Dorham)  8:16
7 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  9:31
8 Who Cares ?
[alt. take] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:59
9 Royal Roost (Clarke, Dorham)  8:41


Cd. 2

1 Mexico City (Dorham)  6:02
2 'Round About Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  7:44
3 Monaco (Dorham)  6:37
4 Who Cares ? (Gershwin, Gershwin)  6:21
5 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  7:49
6 Riffin' (Dorham)  7:50
7 Mexico City
[alt. take] (Dorham)  6:33
8 The Prophet (Dorham)  6:20


Kenny Dorham - tp
J. R. Monterose - ts
Kenny Burrell - p
Bobby Timmons - p
Sam Jones - b
Arthur Edgehill - dr

Recorded live at the Café Bohemia, New York City ; May 31, 1956.


ryanb said...

Thank You!!!

itr said...

Hallelujah, thanks.

Ioula said...

Great post, Mel. Thanks again.

moremiles said...

Thank you very much for sharing this.

jazzlover said...

In Whistle Stop Dorham is exuberant,in this set with JR will be fantastic, thanks indeed

paolo said...

What a great band and performance - thanks for sharing!


Kovina Kris said...

Absolutely fantastic post Mel. I don't have much by Kenny Dorham so I'm really glad to have this. Thank you!

Orbyt said...

I have Volume 1, so this is great to have in its entirety. Many thanks Mel!

Chris said...

Thanks Mel like Orbyt is great to get the whole bundle.

Gorco Bain said...


Melanchthon said...


Cd. 1

Cd. 2

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Fred Archtop said...

Great great ! Thanks a lot.

lucky5 said...

Thanks a lot for the new links!!

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,
great stuff, thank you!

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

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cvllos said...

Thanks once more, Melanchthon; for some strange reasons, I lost this Dorham, an unforgetable trumpeter.

Mikel Hal said...

Moltes gracies

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Kovina Kris said...

This looks like a great album for the car. Thank you!