Friday, February 22, 2008
Kenny Dorham - Trompeta Toccata
Trumpeter Kenny Dorham was one of a select few jazz musicians whose career spanned the big band era, the emergence of bebop (he played with Charlie Parker), the institution of hard bop, and the 1960s "New Thing" or avant-garde (on the Andrew Hill classic POINT OF DEPARTURE). His trumpet sound was unparalleled, a melodious middle ground between Freddie Hubbard hot and Chet Baker cool. TRUMPET TOCCATA, from 1964, presents him at the height of his powers as a player, composer (three of the four tunes here are originals), and bandleader (with Richard Davis, young Joe Henderson, and pianist-for-all-seasons Tommy Flanagan).
Kenny Dorham (trumpet)
Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone)
Tommy Flanagan (piano)
Richard Davis (upright bass)
Albert Heath (drums)