Kenny Dorham - Whistle Stop
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A giant of the bebop era when he played in the Charlie Parker Quintet, Kenny Dorham continued to grow during his career until he was a very significant part of the hard bop era of the 1950s and '60s. As a member of the groundbreaking Billy Eckstine bebop orchestra of 1945, Dorham already had an original sound that was different than that of Dizzy Gillespie and Fats Navarro. In addition to playing regularly with Parker during 1948-49, he was also an original member of the Jazz Messengers, led the Jazz Prophets and was with the Max Roach Quintet during 1956-58. While he led record dates of his own starting in 1955, it is Dorham's Blue Note recordings of 1961-64 that are essential documents of his artistry. Whistle Stop was Kenny Dorham's debut as a leader for Blue Note, and what a start it was. The distinctive trumpeter performs seven of his finest originals (including "Philly Twist," "Sunrise in Mexico" and "Whistle Stop") with a quintet that includes Hank Mobley on tenor. Dorham and Mobley had played together earlier with Art Blakey and Max Roach. The chemistry between the two horns along with their ability to blend together beautifully contribute to making Whistle Stop a hard bop classic.
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