Kenny Dorham - Matador
Kenny Dorham - Matador
Kenny Dorham - Matador
Kenny Dorham - Matador

Kenny Dorham - Matador

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Kenny Dorham - trumpet (A1-5,  B2-3) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Kenny Dorham]

Jackie McLean - alto saxophone (A1-5, B1, B3)

Bobby Timmons - piano

Teddy Smith - bass (A1-5,  B2-3)

J.C. Moses - drums (A1-5,  B2-3)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition of 5,000 numbered copies

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : RTI

Label : Impex

Original Label : United Artists

Recorded April 15, 1962 at Sound Makers, New York City

Recorded by Bill Schwartau

Produced by Alan Douglas

Mastered by Chris Bellman

Originally released in 1962

Reissued in April 2022



Side A:

  1. El Matador
  2. Melanie - Part 1
  3. Melanie - Part 2
  4. Melanie - Part 3
  5. Smile

Side B:

  1. Beautiful Love
  2. Prelude
  3. There Goes My Heart


    Reviews :

    “Dorham and McLean, two of jazz’s most passionate and lyrical players, are in very good form here. Helped by a varied set of material and an energized Timmons, they have fashioned an album of surpassing interest.” – Ira Gitler, Downbeat Magazine, April 1963

    “Kenny Dorham's Matador can safely claim the all too common distinction of being a classic among jazz connoisseurs while virtually unknown to the casual listener. Dorham is joined here by Jackie McLean, Bobby Timmons, Teddy Smith, and J.C. Moses, all of whom deliver outstanding performances. More than anything, this session is perhaps best known for including a stunning version of McLean's composition "Melody for Melonae," used less than a month earlier on his groundbreaking Blue Note LP Let Freedom Ring. For this session, though, the tune is renamed "Melanie" and, if not better, this version at least rivals the take under McLean's leadership. For starters, the addition of another horn adds some tonal depth to the proceedings, a situation arguably lacking in the tune's earlier recording. Also of note is what has to be Bobby Timmons' most intense moment on record. One rarely has the opportunity to hear Timmons dig and scrape as hard as he does during this solo, and his barely audible vocal accompaniment (à la Bud Powell) only helps to prove this point. This is a case where a performer not commonly associated with seriously stretching out goes at it with a life-affirming fervor, making "Melanie" a treat for listeners who revel in emotional performances. Other highlights include the opener, "El Matador," a 5/4 number that, frankly, fades out just when things were getting good, and the otherwise unaccompanied Dorham/Timmons duet, "Prelude." A fantastic session by any standard.” AllMusic Review by Brandon Burke


    Ratings :

    AllMusic : 4.5 / 5  ,  Discogs : 4.6 / 5

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