Speculate – Kenny Dorham
This uptempo song originally written for Max Roach's quintet is a workout for the whole band, with a head full of rhythm section stop-time. Changes are similar to Tadd Dameron's Our Delight but with a rhythm changes bridge. Sextet and quintet arrangements are available.
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- Recording: Max Roach - MAX
- Recorded on: January 4, 1958
- Label: Argo (LP 623)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Trumpet - Kenny Dorham
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - Ramsey Lewis
- Bass - George Morrow
- Drums - Max Roach
On this recording, the horns play in octaves almost throughout, harmonizing in the last three measures of the head. Our quintet arrangement has a few more harmonized passages and is based on a sextet arrangement, also available here, by jazzleadsheets.com's Don Sickler. Click on Historical Notes for more details about this arrangement. The lead sheet is the first part for both the quintet and sextet arrangements; the rhythm section parts (Piano, Bass and Drums) also work for both.
Kenny Dorham played in Max Roach's band from 1956, following the death of Clifford Brown, to early 1958. The next trumpeter of Roach's group was Booker Little. Kenny and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley were the only horn section to play in both Max Roach and Art Blakey bands.
August 30, 1924 – December 15, 1972
Trumpeter/composer Kenny Dorham was very much on the jazz scene from the mid-1940s through most of the 1960s. He worked and recorded with all the major figures in the modern jazz movement, which includes the legendary Billy Eckstine big band, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach as well as Kenny Clarke, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson and many other giants of that period. Read more...