Dorham, Kenny: Una Mas LP
In honor of Blue Note Records' 80th Anniversary, the legendary jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this second series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features 180g vinyl LP releases in standard packaging with albums spanning the many eras of the label's history presented by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders. The series resumes in September 2019 with Part 1 of the Great Reid Miles Covers theme - Freddie Hubbard Hub-Tones (1962), Kenny Dorham Una Mas (1963) and Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Indestructible (1966) - and will continue with three albums released each month for the coming year.
A major trumpeter who emerged in the mid-1940s next to Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham was an easily recognizable, personal and very skilled bop soloist for 25 years. In a colorful career that found him sharing the bandstand with Charlie Parker, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Sonny Rollins, Dorham not only became active in hard bop and developed into one of its most important leaders. A major talent scout, for 1963's Una Mas, Dorham not only helps introduce Joe Henderson (a regular member of his quintet) but features Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams before they joined Miles Davis. Throughout one of his most exciting recordings, Dorham performs with fire, inspiration and lyrical beauty.
This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.