Arranged for Solo Piano by WALTER DAVIS, Jr.
KENNY DORHAM: jazz legend, master composer, arranger and performer. His unique and compelling voice on trumpet is well documented on recordings. Now K.D.'s music is presented in print, through the eyes, ears and heart of friend and fellow Jazz Messenger, pianist WALTER DAVIS, JR. These piano arrangements give all musicians the opportunity to enjoy and study many of the subtle complexities of Kenny's compositions and to explore the rhythmic and harmonic fabric of his music. All 30 compositions have been recorded by major jazz artists. Complete with recording credits, chord symbols and instructions for expanding the arrangements to include improvised solo choruses. Contents include:
K.D.'s Cab Ride
An Oscar For Oscar
Sunrise In Mexico
KENNY DORHAM (1924-1972). A founding member of The Jazz Messengers, along with Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Hank Mobley, Kenny replaced Clifford Brown in Max Roach's Quintet in 1956. Prior to that, he played with Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine and was part of Charlie Parker's group in 1948-1949. In the 1950s and '60s he made nearly 2 dozen records as a leader, including such Blue Note classics as "Whistle Stop," "Una Mas," and "Trompeta Toccata" (each with compositions of the same name), with sidemen including Joe Henderson, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones and Art Taylor. He later studied music at the graduate level at NYU and wrote film scores. His compositions, including Fair Weather, Lotus Blossom, Prince Albert and Blue Bossa, have been recorded by Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Don Friedman, J.J. Johnson, Jimmy Heath, McCoy Tyner, Lou Donaldson, George Benson and by most of his former sidemen, among others.
WALTER DAVIS, JR. (1932-1990) A protege of Thelonious Monk, Walter Davis, Jr. has a small but distinguished discography. As a leader, he recorded the classic "Davis Cup" session on Blue Note and a well-regarded solo piano album of Thelonious Monk compositions. He also toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie's big band, Donald Byrd, Sonny Rollins, 2 separate tours of duty with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the repertory group featuring Tadd Dameron's music, Dameronia.
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