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Kenny Dorham – 'Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia | Mono 45rpm 2LP


Music Matters / Blue Note

Kenny Dorham – 'Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia | Mono 45rpm 2LP


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A TAV Curator’s Pick.

“On May 31, 1956, an very inspired night at the legendary Cafe Bohemia, the great trumpeter Kenny Dorham was featured with his working quintet, which included pianist Bobby Timmons (three years before he found fame with Cannonball Adderley), and the unsung but brilliant tenor-saxophonist J.R. Monterose. With guitarist Kenny Burrell being the special guest, the results not only define hard bop of the period but show why both the music and the trumpeter were so special. One of the most important leaders of the second generation of beboppers, Kenny Dorham played with both the Dizzy Gillespie big band and the Charlie Parker Quintet. While he learned directly from the masters, he was never content to merely ride on their coat tails and he developed into one of the pacesetters of hard bop.

During 1955-63 Dorham recorded quite a few gems for Blue Note but At The Bohemia is very special. To hear the distinctive trumpeter playing his heart out on his features "Who Cares" and "Autumn In New York" is to eavesdrop on jazz history.” - Music Matters

“There's a nice, if unsurprising, flow to the program, with the bop burners cooled and dimmed by the interspersed "'Round About Midnight" and "Autumn in New York," the latter a solo vehicle for Dorham in which he captures a delicious, crisp moment of solitude within the Big Apple. "Monaco," a Dorham original, opens the record on a thick loping beat that showcases Sam Jones' fat, insistent bass work, which accounts for much of the record's full cloud of sound. (Eat your heart out, Phil Spector.) Dorham enters on extended phrases, but soon picks up the pace and begins punching out fast but articulated lines—the type of well-constructed progression for which he'd become known. Burrell channels Charlie Christian on his opening-track solo, but later shows sparks of his developing individual voice, most notably on "Mexico City" and "A Night in Tunisia."

Drummer Arthur Edgehill rarely steps out of his supporting role, though the flurry of his sticks is in evidence throughout "Mexico City"; his cow bell pronounced on "Tunisia"; and he's obviously given room to stretch on the Dorham-penned nod to the drummer, "Hill's Edge." Pianist Bobby Timmons solos on most tunes, but he often makes more of a statement when fashioning blunt chordal motifs beneath the horns or emerging, as in "Mexico City," to walk in thrilling harmonic step with Dorham.” - All About Jazz


  • Kenny Dorham, trumpet
  • J.R. Montrose, tenor sax
  • Kenny Burrell, guitar
  • Bobby Timmons, piano
  • Sam Jones, bass
  • Arthur Edgehill, drums
  • About Kenny Dorham:


About Kenny Dorham:

“Throughout his career, Kenny Dorham was almost famous for being underrated since he was consistently overshadowed by Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and Lee Morgan. Dorham was never an influential force himself but a talented bop-oriented trumpeter and an excellent composer who played in some very significant bands. In 1945, he was in the orchestras of Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine, he recorded with the Be Bop Boys in 1946, and spent short periods with Lionel Hampton and Mercer Ellington. During 1948-1949, Dorham was the trumpeter in the Charlie Parker Quintet. After some freelancing in New York in 1954, he became a member of the first version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and for a short time led a group called the Jazz Prophets, which recorded on Blue Note. After Clifford Brown's death, Dorham became his replacement in the Max Roach Quintet (1956-1958) and then he led several groups of his own. He recorded several fine dates for Riverside (including a vocal album in 1958), New Jazz, and Time, but it is his Blue Note sessions of 1961-1964 that are among his finest. Dorham was an early booster of Joe Henderson (who played with his group in 1963-1964). After the mid-'60s, Kenny Dorham (who wrote some interesting reviews for Down Beat) began to fade and he died in 1972 of kidney disease. Among his many originals is one that became a standard, "Blue Bossa." ~ Scott Yanow” – Blue Note Records

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Kenny Dorham


Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia


Music Matters / Blue Note


2 × Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Album, Reissue, Mono, 180 Gram, gatefold jacket



Release Date:

This reissue: 2009 | Original - 1956




Hard Bop

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