Una Mas – Kenny Dorham
A classic Latin jazz head with an edgy rhythmic vibe that makes it immediately distinguishable. Solo piano arrangement also available.
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- Recording: Kenny Dorham - Una Mas
- Recorded on: April 1, 1963
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 4127)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Mambo)
- Trumpet - Kenny Dorham
- Tenor Sax - Joe Henderson
- Piano - Herbie Hancock
- Bass - Butch Warren
- Drums - Tony Williams
- Roy Hargrove's Crisol band performing Una Mas
- Steve Grossman's version from his album "Homecoming" (Steve Grossman, tenor sax; Tom Browne, trumpet; Bill Washer, guitar; Larry Willis, piano; Ruben Rodriguez, bass; Joe Farnsworth, drums; Roberto Quintero, congas; Ralph Irizarry, timbales)
- Ben Paterson, organ; Peter Bernstein, guitar; George Fludas, drums playing Una Mas - Live at The Green Mill
As Kenny Dorham says of the recording in the original liner notes: "The groove was very good. And when you get that relaxing a groove, you just don't stop. Besides, the enthusiasm of the other guys seemed to be rising as we went along so there was no danger of losing freshness." Una Mas became the whole first side of the original LP (15 minutes and 16 seconds!). Now, thanks to Amazon, you can download it as a separate track.
Kenny's two-horn arrangement from the original album is available; the separate parts include his classic shout chorus.
In addition to being a Blue Note Records hit for Kenny Dorham, "Una Mas" was also Joe Henderson's first official recording date. The "Una Mas" rhythm section had already recorded together a month and a half earlier for Blue Note. That was Tony Williams's first recording ("Vertigo" / Jackie McLean). Pianist Ronnie Mathews had always told me that he played Una Mas with Kenny Dorham before Kenny's Blue Note recording. Thanks to a radio broadcast, an earlier performance (January 15, 1963) has now been released with Ronnie on piano, Kenny on trumpet and Joe Henderson on tenor sax. Interestingly, radio announcer Alan Grant calls it My Injun From Brazil. This track can be purchased on Amazon.
The landmark April 1, 1963, session produced many masterpieces, among them Una Mas. Sao Paulo and Straight Ahead, also from this session, are also available on jazzleadsheets.com.
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...