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KennyDorhamRoundAboutMidnightCafeBohemia

Here another promised installation of a live recording from the Cafe Bohemia. As of right now I have posted 4 historical sessions, they were:

1.Album Feature: Mingus at the Bohemia

2.Kenny Clarke’s album “Bohemia after Dark” and more anecdotes on Cafe Bohemia

3.Featured Album: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers “Live” at the Cafe Bohemia Vol. One

4. “More Cafe Bohemia this time George Wallington Quintet Live at Cafe Bohemia is featured.”

There are a few more (I will post them also) but this particular one is my definite favorite. It is actually a two CD set and goes by the name “Complete ‘Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia.” Great lineup but no sign of the real notables of that time, as you have the underrated J.R. Montrose on tenor and Arthur Edgehill on the drums. The other four making up this powerful classy sextet are of course, Kenny Dorham, Bobby Timmons, Sam Jones and Kenny Burrell. It was recorded on May 31, 1956. This album was one that was recorded but there were many other live sessions that were not. All these Jazz greats played and/or hung out in the Cafe Bohemia, which in a span of 2 years time was closed. I have placed 8 songs (Not in Order) from the album and will give the Jazz Con Class listeners here enough insight of the quality of the music and the “Live” feel of being there! I will feature 8 songs from the album and they will not be in order. Check the schedule link for play times, ENJOY!

About the album:

Recorded live at the Cafe Bohemia, New York, New York on May 31, 1956. Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal. This is part of Blue Note Records “Rudy Van Gelder Editions” series. During the spring and summer of 1956, trumpeter Kenny Dorham recorded two studio albums with his Jazz Prophets, a small hard bop band involving tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose and a rhythm section of pianist Dick Katz, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Arthur Edgehill. On May 31 of that year, Dorham’s group performed live at the Café Bohemia with Bobby Timmons at the piano and guitarist Kenny Burrell sitting in on all but the first of four sets. Originally engineered by Rudy Van Gelder and remastered by him in 2001, Blue Note’s 2002 double-disc “Complete” Dorham Café Bohemia edition combines every usable track taped during this exceptionally fine evening of live jazz. The word “understated” has sometimes been used to describe the music played by Dorham’s band on this night in 1956; this is only appropriate if Dorham is compared with intense individuals like Fats Navarro or Dizzy Gillespie. Dorham’s jazz was perhaps more intimate and accessible precisely because his horn had an earthier tone, almost like that of a cornet…..Read More

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