Cecil Payne is outstanding here in this straight forward early hard bop recording. He leads throughout and Read more →
It’s amazing how many great Jazz albums that Kenny Dorham was leader of and/or was part of. Here’s one that many Jazz lovers are not familiar with, it’s “Matador” and it will be featured here exclusively for the Jazz Con Class listeners. It will be available, in its entirely for about two weeks and then placed in it’s appropriate playlist. Check the schedule for play times, enjoy!
About the album:
Kenny Dorham’s Matador can safely claim the all too common distinction of being a classic among jazz connoisseurs while virtually unknown to the casual listener. Dorham is joined here by Jackie McLean, Bobby Timmons, Teddy Smith, and J.C. Moses, all of whom deliver outstanding performances. More than anything, this session is perhaps best known for including a stunning version of McLean’s composition “Melody for Melonae,” used less than a month earlier on his groundbreaking Blue Note LP Let Freedom Ring. For this session, though, the tune is renamed “Melanie” and, if not better, this version at least rivals the take under McLean’s leadership. For starters, the addition of another horn adds some tonal depth to the proceedings, a situation arguably lacking in the tune’s earlier recording. Also of note is what has to be Bobby Timmons’ most intense moment on record…..Read More