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Quiet Kenny

  out of 4 Music Review: Quiet Kenny

Artist: Kenny Dorham
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: April 1998

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
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Kenny Dorham never made it to the upper echelon of jazz luminaries. His peers Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan overshadowed him. He did however play with all of the best. He had stints with Charlie Parker, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and for a short period led his own band called the Jazz Prophets.

"Quiet Kenny" (1959) is a good view of the trumpeter's bop influences. On this recording, most of it was very quite and smooth, but not entirely. For instance, "Mack The Knife" is hardly a low-key number regardless of any genre interpretation. That particular song stands as an example of the versatility that Dorham commanded on the trumpet, with or without support of the greats that he played with during the fifties. He had his own successful quintet, and he also was able to exploit all of the talent and adeptness that he had with his instrument. His understanding of jazz was distinguished enough for him to become a leader, not a follower. Perhaps his best output was when he recorded for the Blue Note label. This release from the Prestige vaults stands as vivid representation of a severely underrated artist that is finally getting his curtain call with a wonderfully remastered album that was heretofore overlooked as a jazz classic.

1. Lotus Blossom (Dorham) - 4:38
2. My Ideal (Chase/Robin/Whiting) - 5:05
3. Blue Friday (Dorham) - 8:44
4. Alone Together (Dietz/Schwartz) - 3:11
5. Blue Spring Shuffle (Dorham) - 7:36
6. I Had the Craziest Dream (Gordon/Warren) - 4:38
7. Old Folks (Hill/Robinson) - 5:12
8. Mack the Knife (Brecht/Weill) - 3:01



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