Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
2005 Japanese re-issue of his 1963 album that has been long out-of-print in the US. Featuring pianist Herbie Hancock, tenor-saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Tony Williams. 24 Digitally Remastere... more »
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2005 Japanese re-issue of his 1963 album that has been long out-of-print in the US. Featuring pianist Herbie Hancock, tenor-saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Tony Williams. 24 Digitally Remastered. Limited pressing. Blue Note.
Absolutely habit-forming (would there were many more)
Samuel Chell | Kenosha,, WI United States | 07/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a revered session in some quarters, I know, but I suspect partly for the wrong reasons. The compositions are worthy (in fact, I find "Una Mas" similar to but more infectious than "Sidewinder") but not necessarily "essential." The personnel are first-rate, but Joe Henderson's harmonic adventurousness is no match for Hank Mobley's warmth and melodic inventiveness; nor are Tony Williams' dancing cymbals as irresistible a force of nature as Blakey's hot and explosive skins. In other words, rate this set, as far as the Dorham canon goes, with "The Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia," "Whistle Stop," and "Afro-Cuban" but not necessarily ahead of them.
The reason to own this one is the man who belongs on even the shortest list of trumpet greats (for example, Diz, Clifford, and Kenny?). His playing is absolutely addictive. No one else prepares and "cures" every single note, launching it with that lovely cushion of sound. No one plays with so little pose and showmanship, relying so exclusively on the substance of the music itself to make sense--intellectually and emotionally--without reliance on extraneous effects. There's tenderness, warmth, and abundant humor in each Dorham solo, but once again it arises from what the man does with the materials at hand and not from a musical persona that takes itself overly seriously. Above all I hear a vulnerability in Dorham's work that not only touches a universal emotional core but more often than not sets off the triumph of each of his poignant creations.
If you've developed a Dorham habit, "Una Mas" is definitely one more to add to your collection. It's also a good place to start, but as the title suggests it won't do all by itself."
Kenny Dorham Unsung Trumpet Master.
earl rlabaci | 06/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It might be a little too far fetched but it is right to say that Kenny Dorham, in so many ways, created the most used style of modern trumpet playing. I am not putting down miles or Dizzy or Brwonie or Fats or anyone else, I'm only saying that you hear the influence of him in so many later trumpeters such as Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Blue Mitchell, Booker Little, Wynton Marsalis, etc. Even Miles has a lot of Kenny in his playing. Sorry to ramble on about this stuff, I'll get to the point. "Una Mas", as short as it may be, is a great session. The title track is set by the cokkin rhythmn section of Herbie Hancock, Butch Warren, and Tony Williams. The composition is not melodically but Rhythmnically complicated. Joe Henderson mkes this his first recording date, heand Kenny would record four more Quintet dates on the Bluenote label. Two of their best are "Page One" under Hendersons name, and "In 'n Out" again under Hendersons name. "
"Straight Ahead" is just that, straight ahead. Only the solos are much more sophisticated.
One reason Why I admire Kenny a lot is because he excepted many aspects of jazz that other people were careful not to venture to far into. Starting out as a Charlie Parker sideman to being part of one of the most important Hardbop groups, the Jazz Messengers. In the midst of the he produced ten or so albums on the Prestige and Bluenote Labels. "Sao Paulo" has a odd but unique feeling sort of a bossa/swing combonation that really starts to get to you.
Get this, you will listen to it not 'una mas' but 'mucha mas' times."
Matthew B. Scott | Alexandria, VA | 09/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think Kenny Dorham is one of the most underrated horn players of all time and for me, Una Mas proves it. Of all the many jazz recordings I own, this one constantly finds its way back to my CD-player time and time again. I can't speak for the quality of the recording versus the vinyl original, but if you're able to look beyond the lack of snap, crackle and pop missing on this album you'll hear some very, very fine horn playing that merits rank among the greats."