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Quiet Kenny (Reissue)

Kenny Dorham

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Album Review

In the liner notes of Quiet Kenny, former Downbeat magazine publisher Jack Maher states that trumpeter Kenny Dorham's music is not necessarily the demure, balladic, rapturous jazz one might associate as romantic or tranquil. Cool and understated might be better watchwords for what the ultra-melodic Dorham achieves on this undeniably well crafted set of standards and originals that is close to containing his best work overall during a far too brief career. Surrounded by an excellent rhythm team of the equally sensitive pianist Tommy Flanagan, emerging bassist Paul Chambers, and the always-beneficial drummer Art Taylor, Dorham and his mates are not prone to missteps or overt exaggerations. One of Dorham's all-time best tunes "Lotus Blossom" kicks off the set with its bop to Latin hummable melody, fluid dynamics, and Dorham's immaculate, unpretentious tone. "Old Folks," a classic ballad, is done mid-tempo, while the true "quiet" factor comes into play on interesting version of "My Ideal" where Dorham gingerly squeezes out the slippery wet notes, and on the sad ballad "Alone Together." The rest of the material is done in easygoing, unforced fashion, especially the originals "Blue Friday" and the simple swinger "Blue Spring Shuffle" which is not really a shuffle. Never known as a boisterous or brash player, but also not a troubadour of romanticism — until he started singing — Dorham's music is also far from complacent, and this recording established him as a Top Five performer in jazz on his instrument. It comes recommended to all. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

How Music Should Feel and Sound Like.

This is an exceptional masterpeice that shines on the originality of Kenny Dorham's sweet tone and the beauty of his melodic content.Every artist on this album knows how to treat the music just right so it is tasteful and enjoyable to listen to.Tommy Flanagan,presenting musicality on all levels,adds joyous sounds,giving birth to something new.Paul Chambers and Art taylor blend great,making it all groove and swing,and each having their own style.This truly exemplifies how music should feel and sound like-wonderful.

Masterpiece of Jazz

This is a work of art and a must for any jazz trumpet enthusiast. One of my absolute favorites and highly recommended!

Awesome

Love it!

Biography

Born: August 30, 1924 in Fairfield, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Kenny Dorham had a deeply moving, pure tone on trumpet; his sound was clear, sharp, and piercing, especially during ballads. He could spin out phrases and lines, but when he slowly and sweetly played the melody it was an evocative event. Dorham was a gifted all-round trumpeter, but seldom showcased his complete skills, preferring an understated, subtle approach. Unfortunately, he never received much publicity, and...
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