Rearranging some records last night, I found multiple copies of the same LPs. I didn’t even know I had duplicates.
Stanley Turrentine - Look Out!
Speaking of Horace Parlan, he does his thing on this Stanley Turrentine record. A thing of beauty.
I never cared for solo piano albums. I find them painfully boring. I need a fleshed out rhythm section, or a horn or two. However, Thelonious Monk is the exception. His playing makes not having a band an afterthought. It’s a thing of beauty to listen to him play by himself. When you listen to Thelonious Alone in San Francisco, you realize how phenomenal he was. It’s like he had 30 fingers.
Despite being an original member of The Jazz Messengers, Kenny Dorham is overshadowed by the trumpeters that came after him in the Jazz Messengers lineup; like Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard. The fact of the matter is that Kenny Dorham’s history goes back to the burgeoning of bebop. He played with Billy Eckstine’s big band. The talent that passed through Eckstine is mind boggling. Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Dexter Gordon, and Art Blakey were some of the big names that honed their skills with Eckstine. Dorham was one of these men, and the names listed were his contemporaries. In fact, when Miles departed, Dorham replaced him.
What isn’t widely known is that shortly after leaving the Jazz Messengers, Dorham created his own hard bop group called The Jazz Prophets. It was a short-lived group, but they were fantastic. Their first release, aptly titled Kenny Dorham and The Jazz Prophets Vol. 1 features Kenny Dorham on trumpet, J.R. Monterose on tenor sax, Dick Katz on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Arthur Edgehill on drums. It’s an album worth tracking down.
For more Jazz Prophets, Dorham’s ‘Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia one Blue Note is another great album. This record features a 20 year old Bobby Timmons in his recording debut.