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Joe Gransden (trumpet, vocals)
Russell Gunn (trumpet)
Louis Heriveaux (piano)
Kevin Smith (bass)
Clay Hulet (drums)


(Catalog # HSR 108)

A great trumpeter who emerged from the classic bebop era of the mid-1940s, Kenny Dorham (1924-72) was a major musical force throughout the 1950s and ‘60s.  A very lyrical and thoughtful trumpeter who was also a skilled composer (his “Blue Bossa” has been a standard for decades), Dorham fit comfortably into both bop and hard bop settings.

The Atlanta-based trumpeters Russell Gunn and Joe Gransden are longtime friends who decided that a Kenny Dorham tribute was long overdue, particularly since the Dorham family lives in Atlanta.  Russell and Joe present here some of their favorite Kenny Dorham songs.

The two trumpeters are joined by three of the top players in Atlanta: pianist Louis Heriveaux , bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Clay Hulet who has worked with Gransden for 12 years. The trio’s timeless playing would have fit in perfectly on a vintage Blue Note album yet sounds fresh and original within the style.







1. Philly Twist Click to play

2. Short Story Click to play

3. Lotus Blossom   Click to play

4. La Mesha  Click to play

5. Chicago Blues   Click to play

6. La Villa   Click to play

7. Buffalo   Click to play

8. Una Mas   Click to play

9. Fair Weather   Click to play

10. Straight Ahead    Click to Play

11. Dorham's Epitaph   Click to play


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Audio CD

HSR 108