A great trumpeter who emerged from the classic bebop era of the mid-1940s, Kenny Dorham (1924-72) was a major musical force throughout the 1950s and ‘60s. A very lyrical and thoughtful trumpeter who was also a skilled composer (his “Blue Bossa” has been a standard for decades), Dorham fit comfortably into both bop and hard bop settings.
The Atlanta-based trumpeters Russell Gunn and Joe Gransden are longtime friends who decided that a Kenny Dorham tribute was long overdue, particularly since the Dorham family lives in Atlanta. Russell and Joe present here some of their favorite Kenny Dorham songs.
The two trumpeters are joined by three of the top players in Atlanta: pianist Louis Heriveaux , bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Clay Hulet who has worked with Gransden for 12 years. The trio’s timeless playing would have fit in perfectly on a vintage Blue Note album yet sounds fresh and original within the style.