KENNY DORHAM
             Whistle Stop
               Recording Date:
                    January 15, 1961

                   Paul Chambers  B
                   Kenny Dorham   TP
                   Kenny Drew       P
                   Philly Joe Jones D
                   Hank Mobley     TS


Review by Scott Yanow
Kenny Dorham was always underrated throughout his career, not only as a trumpeter but as a composer. The CD reissue of Whistle Stop features seven of his compositions, none of which have been picked up by any of the "Young Lions" of the '90s despite their high quality and many fresh melodies. Dorham teams up with tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley (who he had recorded with previously along with Art Blakey and Max Roach), pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones for a set of lively, fresh, and consistently swinging music. This is a generally overlooked near-classic set.

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