Kenny Dorham


Dorham 1Originally from Texas, McKinley Dorham (1924-1972), better known at Kenny or KD left a giant mark on jazz trumpet from the late 1940s through the late 1960s. His prodigious skills included not only trumpet playing but also as a pianist, composer, and arranger. In the 2nd half of the 1940s he had opportunities to perform with the greatest bebop musicians.

Kenny Dorham - Episode 1

This show examines some of his influences and bebop recordings from the 1940s as he is beginning to develop a highly personal style. These recordings were originally issued as 2-sided 78s and later reissued in 33rpm compilations
CompositionAritstYear
Salt PeanutsDizzy Gillesie Sextet1945
Rue Chaptal (Royal Roost)Kenny Clarke and his 52nd Street Boys1946
Everything's CoolFats Navarro & Gil Fuller's Modernists1946
Bop AlleyArt Blakey's Messengers1947
VisaCharlie Parker Sextet1949
ElyseeJ.J. Johnson’s Beboppers1949
April In ParisCharlie Parker Live at Cafe Society1950

Kenny Dorham - Episode 2

Recordings from 1950 to 1955. In the early 1950s he relocated to Los Angeles where he took a day job, but continued performing. Here he recorded his 1st album as a band leader and also recorded some great tracks with pianist Thelonious Monk and with the Horace Silver/Art Blakey Jazz Messengers.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Let’s Cool OneThelonious MonkGenius of Modern Music Vol.21952
OsmosisKenny DorhamThe Kenny Dorham Quintet1953
Ruby My DearKenny DorhamThe Kenny Dorham Quintet1953
Room 608Horace Silver & the Jazz Messengers1954
Minors HolidayKenny DorhamAfro Cuban1955
Like Someone in LoveArt Blakey & MessengersLive at Café Bohemia vol 21955

Kenny Dorham - Episode 3

CompositionArtistAlbum TitleYear
Ezz-thetic (Love for Sale)Max RoachMax Roach + 41956
Love LettersMax RoachJazz in 3/4 Time1957
Valse HotMax RoachJazz in 3/4 Time1957
My ReverieHank MobleyHank Mobley Featuring Sonny Clark1957
Autumn LeavesKenny DorhamThis Is The Moment1958
Stage WestKenny DorhamThe Arrival of Kenny Dorham1960

Kenny Dorham - Episode 4

CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Spring is HereKenny DorhamBlue Spring1959
My IdealKenny DorhamQuiet Kenny1959
BillKenny DorhamShowboat1960
It Could Happen to YouKenny DorhamInta’ Something1961
Sunrise in MexicoKenny DorhamWhistle Stop1961
SmileKenny DorhamMatador1962

Kenny Dorham - Episode 5

By 1963 his music shows a Brazilian influence mixed with some popular dance rhythm. His collaboration with younger musicians such as Joe Henderson, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Hancock show that he is still developing as a creative improviser, and could change his approach to playing in order to accommodate the newer modern styles that were becoming popular in the mid 1960’s.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Una MasKenny DorhamUna Mas1963
RecordameJoe HendersonPage One1963
Blue BossaJoe HendersonPage One1963
Pedro’s TimeJoe HendersonOur Thing1963
Trompetta ToccataKenny DorhamTrompetta Toccata1964
RefugeAndrew HillPoint of Departure1964
In and OutJoe HendersonIn and Out1964

Max Roach


max-roachMax Roach (1924-2007) was born in North Carolina and raised in New York City. A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally considered one of the most important drummers in jazz history. He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins and Clifford Brown.

Max Roach - Episode 1

Roach's most significant innovations came in the 1940s, when he and jazz drummer Kenny Clarke devised a new concept of musical time by playing the pulse of time on the ride cymbal instead of on the bass drum. The new approach left space for the drummer to insert dramatic accents on the snare drum, bass drum, and cymbals. By matching his rhythms with a tune's melody he created a new way to accompany soloists in the angular and highly rhythmic bebop style. Roach did this with great subtlety and often shifted the dynamic emphasis from one part of his drum kit to another within a single phrase, creating a sense of tonal color and rhythmic surprise. Roach played on many of Parker's most important records, including the November 1945 Savoy session (Ko-Ko) which was a turning point in modern jazz.
CompositionArtistYear
Disorder at the BorderMax Roach/Coleman Hawkins1944
Woody'n YouMax Roach/Coleman Hawkins1944
Buh Dee DahtMax Roach/Coleman Hawkins1944
Ko-KoMax Roach/Charlie Parker1945
CrazeologyMax Roach/Charlie Parker1947
Bird Gets the WormMax Roach/Charlie Parker1947

Max Roach - Episode 2

The large number of important and grounding breaking recordings that Roach played on is a testament to his ability as a drummer. He was one of the most sought after musician in jazz for over 4 decades. In 1952, Roach co-founded Debut Records with bassist Charles Mingus. This label released a record of a May 15, 1953 concert which came to be known as Jazz at Massey Hall, featuring Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Mingus and Roach. Also released on this label was the groundbreaking bass-and-drum free improvisation, “Percussion Discussion.”
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
MoveMax Roach/Fats Navarro1948
MoveMaz Roach/Miles Davis NonetBirth of the Cool1949
Tempus FugitMax Roach/Bud Powell Trio1949
Salt PeanutsMax Roach/Quintet of the YearJazz at Massey Hall1953
MildamaMax Roach/Clifford BrownBrown & Roach Incorporated1954

Max Roach - Episode 3

As the bop era progressed into the late '50s, Roach was known for "hard bop" and experimentation on albums such as Max Roach Plus Four (1956), Deeds Not Words (1958) and Max (1958). He also continued his collaborations with Sonny Rollins. In June 1956 he played on Sonny Rollins' groundbreaking solo album, Saxophone Colossus. A brilliant showcase of material, Roach's performance on the album Blue 7 "shows," as Gunther Sculler commented in Jazz Panorama, "that exciting drum solos need not be just an un-thinking burst of energy - they can be interesting and meaningful compositions.” In February of 1958, Roach and Oscar Pettiford formed a trio with Rollins for the saxophonist's celebrated Riverside album, Freedom Suite.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Parisian ThoroughfareMax Roach/Clifford BrownMax Roach/Clifford Brown Quintet1954
DelilahMax Roach/Clifford BrownMax Roach/Clifford Brown Quintet1954
Blue SevenMax Roach/Sonny RollinsSaxophone Colossus1956
The Freedom SuiteMax Roach/Sonny RollinsFreedom Suite1958
A Little MaxMax Roach/Duke Ellington/MingusMoney Jungle1962

Max Roach - Episode 4

This podcast will feature some of Max Roach’s most important solo work. Max was a pioneer soloist, playing melodies on entire the drum set. We start with his 1953 Jazz at Massey Hall solo and move through Drums Unlimited featuring his most important solo piece, “For Big Sid” dedicated to legendary drummer Big Sid Catlett.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Drum ConversationBud PowellJazz at Massey Hall V.21953
Drums UnlimitedMax RoachDrums Unlimited1966
The Drum Also WaltzesMax RoachDrums Unlimited1966
For Big SidMax RoachDrums Unlimited1966
Mop MopMax Roach QuartetMax Roach Again1964

JJ Johnson


jjjohnson 2Arguably the greatest bebop/hard bop trombonist post 1945, J.J. Johnson’s work defied both musicians’ and the public’s perception that the slide trombone could not keep up in modern jazz (bebop). Gifted as a composer and arranger Johnson had a long career as both a performer, bandleader, and composer.

JJ Johnson - Episode 1

On this show I play recordings of 4 important trombonists that influenced him as well as some of Johnson’s earliest recordings.
CompositionArtistYear
A Night in TunisiaJJ and Kai1956
I'm Getting SentimentalTommy Dorsey Orchestracirca 1936
LoverJack Teagarden (air check) w/Louis Armstrongcirca 1950
My Gal SalFred Beckett---Harlan Leonard Rockets1940
Fan ItBill Harris/Woody Herman1946
Lester LeapsNorman Granz Jazz at the Philharmonic1944
I Mean YouColeman Hawkins Esquire All-Stars1946

JJ Johnson - Episode 2

By the late 1940’s J.J. was the preeminent trombonist in modern jazz. He recorded numerous times with his own group and a variety of others, including Charlie Parker and Miles Davis’s Nonet (Royal Roost Band). He also began to compose original material for his recordings.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
How Deep is the OceanCharlie ParkerDial Sessions1947
Jay JayJ.J. JohnsonJazz Quintets1948
BoneologyJ.J. JohnsonJazz Quintets1948
DeceptionMiles DavisBirth of the Cool1949
TurnpikeJ.J. JohnsonThe Eminent JJ Johnson v11953
Walkin'Miles Davis All StarsWalkin'1954

JJ Johnson - Episode 3

The recordings from this podcast comprise some of his some of his finest work from 1954 through 1957. In 1954 Johnson formed a group with trombonist Kai Winding: the "Jay and Kai Quintet." The trombone styles and personalities of the two musicians, although very different, blended so well that the group was a huge success both musically and commercially.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
It's All Right With MeJ.J. Johnson/Kai WindingJay and Kai1954
LamentJ.J. Johnson/Kai WindingJay and Kai1954
Coffee PotJ.J. JohnsonThe Eminent JJ Johnson V. 21955
Old Devil MoonJ.J. JohnsonThe Eminent JJ Johnson V. 21955
Night In TunisiaJ.J. Johnson/Kai WindingJay & Kai+6/J.J. in Person1956
Billie’s BounceStan Getz & J.J.At The Opera House [Live]1957
Wail MarchSonny RollinsVol. 21957

JJ Johnson - Episode 4

J.J. Johnson was also an important composer who wrote a number of works in the late 1950s that fall into a category referred to as 3rd Stream. You can hear the influence of many 20th century orchestral composers blended with jazz in these recordings. They are often overlooked works, but are rich in color, harmony, texture, and improvisation. In the late 1960s and early 1970s J.J. tried to break into television and motion picture sound scoring and enjoyed moderate success.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Poem for BrassJ.J. JohnsonThe Birth of the 3rd Stream1956
El Camino RealJ.J. JohnsonThe Brass Orchestra1996
AquariusJ.J. JohnsonJ.J. Inc.1960