Quiet Kenny is an album by the American jazz trumpeter Kenny Dorham of performances recorded in 1959 and released on the New Jazz label.
“In the liner notes of Quiet Kenny, former Downbeat magazine publisher Jack Maher states that trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s music is not necessarily the demure, balladic, rapturous jazz one might associate as romantic or tranquil. Cool and understated might be better watchwords for what the ultra-melodic Dorham achieves on this undeniably well crafted set of standards and originals that is close to containing his best work overall during a far too brief career. Surrounded by an excellent rhythm team of the equally sensitive pianist Tommy Flanagan, emerging bassist Paul Chambers, and the always-beneficial drummer Art Taylor, Dorham and his mates are not prone to missteps or overt exaggerations. One of Dorham’s all-time best tunes “Lotus Blossom” kicks off the set with its bop to Latin hummable melody, fluid dynamics, and Dorham’s immaculate, unpretentious tone. “Old Folks,” a classic ballad, is done mid-tempo, while the true “quiet” factor comes into play on interesting version of “My Ideal” where Dorham gingerly squeezes out the slippery wet notes, and on the sad ballad “Alone Together.” The rest of the material is done in easygoing, unforced fashion, especially the originals “Blue Friday” and the simple swinger “Blue Spring Shuffle” which is not really a shuffle. Never known as a boisterous or brash player, but also not a troubadour of romanticism — until he started singing – Dorham’s music is also far from complacent, and this recording established him as a Top Five performer in jazz on his instrument. It comes recommended to all.” – Michael G. Nastos/AllMusic.
“Lotus Blossom” [also known as “Asiatic Raes”] (Dorham) – 4:39
“My Ideal” (Newell Chase, Robin, Whiting) – 5:06
“Blue Friday” (Kenny Dorham) – 8:46
“Alone Together” (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 3:11
“Blue Spring Shuffle” (Kenny Dorham) – 7:38
“I Had the Craziest Dream” (Gordon, Warren) – 4:40
“Old Folks” (Dedette Lee Hill, Willard Robison) – 5:11
“Mack the Knife” (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 3:02 Bonus track on CD reissue
Kenny Dorham – trumpet
Tommy Flanagan – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Art Taylor – drums
Released: February 1960
Recorded: November 13, 1959
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Label: New Jazz
Producer: Esmond Edwards
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