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Kenny Dorham

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Lotus Blossom Kenny Dorham 04:36
Una Mas (One More Time) Kenny Dorham 15:19
If Ever I Would Leave You Kenny Dorham 05:09
Alone Together Kenny Dorham 03:08
Autumn In New York Kenny Dorham 04:47
My Ideal Kenny Dorham 05:03
Straight Ahead Kenny Dorham 08:58
K.D.'s Blues Kenny Dorham 10:44
Sao Paulo Kenny Dorham 07:20
The Prophet Kenny Dorham 06:18

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Kenny Dorham was an American jazz trumpeter who made many recordings in the 1950s and 1960s that continue to be regarded highly by fans and critics. He was praised for his melodic and lyrical be-bop style but he never made the breakthrough to mainstream fame.

The Texas-born musician grew up in a musical family, learned to play the piano as a child and picked up the trumpet while at high school. After military service he signed on with Dizzy Gillespie's big band and had stints with drummer Art Blakey, pianist Bud Powell, drummer Kenny Clarke, saxophonist Sonny Stitt, and band leaders Lionel Hampton and Mercer Ellington. In 1948, he succeeded Miles Davis in Charlie Parker's band, went on to record with Thelonious Monk and in 1953 released his first album as leader, 'Kenny Dorham Quintet'. Albums followed with saxophonists Sonny Rollins, Ernie Henry, Cannonball Adderley, Steve Kuhn and Jackie McLean. In 1975 his 1960 release 'The Arrival of Kernny Dorham' was re-released as 'The Kenny Dorham Memorial Album'. He died from kidney disease in 1972.