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Blue Spring is here! Kenny Dorham with Cannonball Adderley

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What a sweet album this is, the Jazz Con Class listeners are going to enjoy this uplifting collection of spring songs. All six songs have the word “Spring” in it. Kenny Dorham with his low pitch signature sound and Cannonball Adderley with his soulful glorious sound make a great combination. There’s an addition of instruments (Baritone Sax, French Horn) in this album which was a combination of two separate 1959 recordings. All the musicians were in both recordings except for the drummers, Jimmy Cobb (Tracks 1-4) and Philly Joe Jones (Tracks 5 and 6). “Blue Spring” will be featured for a week or so, check the schedule link for play times.

About the album:

Digitally remastered by David Luke (1990, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). In lieu of picking up one of the trumpeter’s fine Blue Note releases (Una Mas, Whistle Stop), listeners new to the work of Kenny Dorham should definitely consider this somewhat overlooked Riverside date from 1959. The set features plenty of Dorham’s varied and sophisticated horn work and four of his top-drawer originals. The theme is spring, and Dorham responds with his soon to be jazz standard “Spring Is Here” and three other fine seasonal tributes: the title track, “Poetic Spring,” and “Spring Cannon.” This last cut is also a tribute to Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, who guests in fine style here with a bevy of fleet and highly melodic solos. Rounding out the group, baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne, French horn player David Amram, and pianist Cedar Walton add very nicely to the album’s breezy yet provocative air……Read More

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