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Kenny Dorham and Sonny Rollins in their “Jazz Contrasts” album is featured

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Although there is so much emphasis on Kenny Dorham and Sonny Rollins, this album focuses on the whole band. It is actually a very educational album with FIVE “Jazz Legends” playing their instruments and teaching the listeners all about Jazz Contrasts. Its a very delicate album but with a quiet punch! And as I mentioned, when you have Sonny Rollins, Oscar Pettiford, Hank Jones and Max Roach backing the great Kenny Dorham, you know very well that there will be the need to make room for some sweet solos. This 1957 album is considered to be one of the greats and will be featured here for a week or so. Only the best for the Jazz Con Class Radio listeners! Check the schedule link for play times, enjoy!

About the album:

Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). Some of trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s finest recordings were his sessions as a leader for Riverside in the ’50s and fortunately all of that music has been reissued on CD. This album is a bit brief in time (41 minutes) but contains many memorable selections. Three of the songs (“Falling in Love with Love” a 12-minute version of “I’ll Remember April” and the trumpeter’s “La Villa”) match Dorham in an all-star quintet with the great tenor Sonny Rollins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Max Roach. The other three numbers……Read More

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