Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kenny Dorham - Whistle Stop (2008) [Blue Note/Analogue Productions]

Kenny Dorham - Whistle Stop (2008) [Blue Note/Analogue Productions]
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop | Label ~ Blue Note/Analogue Productions

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. ~Allmusic

01. 'Philly' Twist (5:40)
02. Buffalo (7:43)
03. Sunset (6:22)
04. Whistle Stop (5:56)
05. Sunrise in Mexico (5:40)
06. Windmill (6:18)
07. Dorham's Epitaph (1:16)

All songs written by Kenny Dorham

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

Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder; January 15, 1961
Originally released in 1961 on Blue Note as BST-84063
Mastered for SACD by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman AcousTech Mastering, Camarillo, California.
Authored for SACD by Gus Skinas on the SONOMA system at the Super Audio Center, Boulder, Colorado
Cover photo by Francis Wolff
Cover design by Reid Miles
Additional photos by Francis Wollf, 2008-Mosaic Imagec LLC.