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Chronologically speaking, Dorham comes a scant generation before the hard bop crew, a generation in jazz being maybe a decade, tops. But while Dorham got under way with the first wave of bebop in the 1940s, he was there in 1954 with the very first iteration of the Jazz Messengers, as co-led by Horace Silver and Art Blakey, and went on to record as a leader, sideman or collaborator with many luminaries of the hard bop era including Cedar Walton, Sonny Rollins, Oliver Nelson, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan as well as 50 Licks favorites Lou Donaldson, Kenny Burrell, Barry Harris and Hank Mobley.
And while he may be best known for his stint with Charlie Parker, Dorham also worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach. Bebop bona fides, indeed. You can hear him play the blues as a leader on "K.D.’s Motion," "K.D.’s Blues," "Riffin’" "Philly Twist" and "Optional;" with Charlie Parker on ""Barbados;" with Horace Silver (and Hank Mobley) on "Doodlin’;" with Joe Henderson on "Homestretch" and with Sonny Rollins on "Solid." And yes, I took a little more license than usual in drawing this lick from the style of Kenny Dorham - the double stop move in the middle owes as much to Wynton Kelly or Horace Silver as it does to anything else.