Sunday Jazz — May 19th
The Jazz cut that I picked for today serves a dual purpose: it features 2 of my favorite jazz artists (John Coltrane and Kenny Dorham), and it’s a track where all 5 musicians get to throw down on an extended solo.
Both Coltrane and Dorham played alongside some of the jazz greats early in their careers (Coltrane with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk; Dorham with Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, and Max Roach to name a few), but then took off to form their own groups and lay claim to their spots among the all-time greats– a feat that becomes even more impressive considering Coltrane died from liver cancer at the age of 40, and Dorham from kidney disease at 48. On this particular album (Coltrane Time), Dorham teams up with Coltrane, Cecil Taylor on piano, Chuck Israels on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Even though Dorham was technically the 3rd star on this album, behind Coltrane and Taylor, he doesn’t shy away from making his presence felt. Enjoy.