Kenny Dorham: Blue Spring Shuffle
Blue Spring Shuffle
Kenny Dorham (trumpet)
Quiet Kenny (Prestige/New Jazz 8225)
Composed by Kenny Dorham.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 13, 1959
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Maybe it's because I'm a bassist, but there's just something so authoritative about the way Paul Chambers dishes out the opening chorus of this blues. You can hear the years of experience in the fullness of his tone, addressing changes he'd probably played countless times before. Needless to say, that journeyman attitude comes through for the rest of the players here. The tune appears to be somewhat of a throwaway just leading to the solos, and I wish the head wasn't repeated so often. All the players take a relaxed approach to their development of this simple theme, and I particularly like Flanagan's sparse musings. While I admit a strong bias, the real treat here comes from the bass solo. The simplicity of the form leaves lots of room for the master to plant short blues phrases that he twists out there enough to captivate the listener before bringing things back to the basics.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy
Tags: 1950s jazz