Kenny Dorham – This Is The Moment (Full Album)

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This Is the Moment! (subtitled Kenny Dorham Sings and Plays) is an album by American jazz trumpeter Kenny Dorham featuring performances recorded in 1958 and released on the Riverside label. The album marks the recording debut of pianist Cedar Walton.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
The release of this recording must have surprised most jazz listeners at the time, for trumpeter Kenny Dorham sings on all ten selections. He had never hinted at any desire to sing previously (although he had sung a blues regularly with Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra in the 1940s) and, as it turned out, this was his one and only vocal album; the sales were probably quite a bit less than Chet Baker’s records of the period. Dorham had an OK voice, musical if not memorable, but the arrangements for these selections (which utilize his trumpet and Curtis Fuller’s trombone, both of which are muted all the time) are inventive and pleasing. The supportive rhythm section is also an asset; pianist Cedar Walton made his recording debut on this album (released on CD via the Original Jazz Classics imprint), which is a historical curiosity (

Track listing:
Autumn Leaves” (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert, Johnny Mercer) – 3:09
I Remember Clifford” (Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks) – 2:56
Since I Fell for You” (Buddy Johnson) – 4:16
I Understand” (Kim Gannon, Mabel Wayne) – 4:12
From This Moment On” (Cole Porter) – 4:47
This Is the Moment” (Frederick Hollander, Leo Robin) – 2:37
Angel Eyes” (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis) – 5:26
Where Are You?” (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) – 4:29
Golden Earrings” (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Victor Young) – 2:41
Make Me a Present of You” (Joe Greene) – 3:07
Recorded in New York City on July 7, 1958 (tracks 1, 3-4, 6-8 & 10) and May 27 (tracks 2, 5 & 9), 1957

Kenny Dorham – trumpet, vocals
Curtis Fuller – trombone
Cedar Walton – piano
Sam Jones – bass
G.T. Hogan (tracks 2, 5 & 9), Charlie Persip (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6-8 & 10) – drums

Released: November 1958
Recorded: July 7 & August 15, 1958
New York City
Length: 37:40
Label: Riverside
RLP 12-275
Producer: Orrin Keepnews