Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kenny Dorham - Whistle Stop

In 1975, five British critics picked Whistle Stop as one of 200 albums that belonged in a basic library of jazz recorded after World War II (see Modern Jazz 1945-70: The Essential Recordings, Argus Books). In his essay on this LP, Michael James noted the difficulty in selecting from among Kenny Dorham's many fine efforts, and mentioned his great 1959 New Jazz date Quiet Kenny as another session worthy of consideration. Whistle Stop got the nod, however, for capturing Dorham's mature trumpet stíle, showcasing his talents as a composer, and surrounding him with such a sympathetic cast... - by Bob Blumenthal

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. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Kenny Dorham
Album: Whistle Stop
Year: 1961
Label: Blue Note (24-bit -RVG- remastered, 1999)
Runtime: 38:44

1.  Philly Twist 5:39
2.  Buffalo 7:43
3.  Sunset 6:18
4.  Whistle Stop 5:57
5.  Sunrise in Mexico 5:39
6.  Windmill 6:18
7.  Dorham's Epitaph 1:10
All compositions by Kenny Dorham

Kenny Dorham (Trumpet)
Hank Mobley (Tenor Saxophone)
Kenny Drew (Piano)
Paul Chambers (Double Bass)
Philly Joe Jones (Drums)


  1. Many Thanks ITR

    Looks great and some top rate sidemen in support

    PS - Part 2 on Fileserve is dead
    Filesonic is OK



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