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5.0 out of 5 stars Kenny Dorham - Whistle Stop, 16 Dec 2010
This review is from: Whistle Stop (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
An absolutely classic hard bop album and one of the very best produced by Blue Note. All five of the musicians were among the best in this style and all play at the very top of their game.
Dorham had been around since the mid forties and was always highly respected, although never one of the biggest names, but he had worked successfully with Art Blakey, Max Roach and Horace Silver, holding his own in some very fast company. Much the same can be said of his slightly younger front line partner, Hank Mobley, and indeed, both had worked together in the three bands mentioned above. Neither was a musician given to the empty gesture or to displays of flashy technique. Both play crisp and swinging lines and it comes as a shock to listen to this disc after a period away and realise just how good they both were.
Kenny went on to make some very fine records with Joe Henderson but this may very well be his best ever. Hank was always good but this comes in the middle of what was probably his best period.
The rhythm play up to the standards of the two horns. Kenny Drew on piano had been around for years and had kept some very good company (John Coltrane, for example, on Blue Trane) without ever being a big name. He had to go to Denmark to become everybody's accompanist of choice. Bass and drums are Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones who together were part of Miles Davis' best rhythm section. Both are on top form here and you can't really say anything better than that.
All compositions are Dorham originals and provide interesting sequences for improvisation, without being particularly catchy. The ensemble work is as clean as it usually was with Blue Note but what counts is the solo work and that is as good as anything New York could offer at the time. If hard bop is your thing, you really should be buying this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kenny Dorham's neglected classic from 1961., 16 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Whistle Stop (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
The underrated trumpeter/composer, Kenny Dorham(1924-1972) is in superb form on this excellent quintet session recorded on January 15,1961 with Hank Mobley(tenor sax) and a supportive rhythm section of Kenny Drew(piano), Paul Chambers(bass) & Philly Joe Jones(drums). All seven tracks are Dorham originals with the highlights being ''Philly' Twist', 'Sunrise in Mexico' and the title-track.
'Whistle Stop' is an overlooked BLUE NOTE classic that still sounds fresh over 50 years later and is essential for all hard bop enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantabulosa, 31 Aug 2009
This review is from: Whistle Stop (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
One of my very favourite jazz releases. I admit to having a soft spot for it because it was my first experience of Kenny Dorham's music. A solid grrove throughout!
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