March 7, 2015

Kenny Dorham - 'Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia (1956)


I've come to my final post for the Kenny Dorham on Blue Note series and, no offense to this great trumpeter, but I'm tired of writing about him, so I'll tell you what you can already see. The catalog number for this album is in the 1500s, so that means it's some of the label's late 50s golden age material. Live settings do well for Dorham, and the cutting-edge Cafe Bohemia in particular (you'll realize this if you listen to The Jazz Messengers recording at the same club). Overall a dusky and late night feel. The Jazz Messengers influence is undeniable with a piano contribution from Bobby Timmons (the composer of Moanin'). Bass favorite Sam Jones and the rarely mentioned J.R. Monterose don't go unnoticed either, and Blue Note's 50s guitar man Kenny Burrell brings some late-night guitar blues to the stage as well. I've included what Blue Note deems the "Complete" 'Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia. At one point, Blue Note went about track listings and alternate takes in a very strange way on reissues, so sorry if something doesn't quite add up to the three volumes, but I think it should be fine. Regardless, this is over two hours of utterly fantastic material that often goes overlooked.

Sample

'Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia