Quiet Kenny

Quiet Kenny

by Kenny DorhamKenny Dorham

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2006
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0025218810821
catalogNumber: 8108
Rank: 71630

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Dorham   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Art Taylor   Drums
Paul Chambers   Bass

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Kenny Dorham   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Producer,Cover Photo
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Liner Notes,Author
Jack Maher   Liner Notes,Original Liner Notes
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Akira Taguchi   Producer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Stuart Kremsky   Reissue Production Assistance

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