|Studio album by Kenny Dorham|
|Recorded||April 1, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
|Kenny Dorham chronology|
Una Mas, on the front cover titled Una Mas (One More Time), is a jazz album by trumpeter Kenny Dorham and his quintet, released in 1963 on Blue Note as BLP 4127 and BST 84127. The album would be the next-to-last studio session led by the legendary trumpeter, since after 1964, he'd begin to fade and disappear from the jazz scenes. Una Mas features three compositions by Dorham himself and the jazz ballad "If Ever I Would Leave You", originally composed by Loewe/Lerner for the musical Camelot.
At the time, Dorham was not yet well known in the jazz scene, and the musician felt this lacking of acknowledgement. Replying to Hentoff, he said:
|“||All I can say is that if it's going to happen, it'll happen. But it's going to have to happen within a reasonable time. After all, I'll soon be into my 25th year on the trumpet. Anyway, however it goes, I'll just keep playing. That's where the basic satisfaction is at.||”|
"Una Mas" is a 16-bar tune pertaining to bossa nova genre. Dorham felt positive about it: "The groove was very good. [...] You can switch to almost any kind of feeling when you're improvising on this; from bossa nova to blues." Dorham recorded "Una Mas" firstly in San Francisco, in 1961, and was published with the title "US" on Inta Somethin'. "At the time, the tune had a shuffle beat and a written introduction that is omitted here". "Sao Paolo" is dedicated to the Brazilian city, where Dorham had been in 1960, during a tour. According to Dorham himself, the piece has "a half bossa feeling and the other half is something else"." The last piece "If Ever I Would Leave You", as above-mentioned, is a composition by Loewe/Lerner. This piece was not part of the original LP release, and was issued only in 1987. According to Bob Blumenthal's notes, it was "probably omitted because it presented a different feeling from the rest of the material".
All pieces by Kenny Dorham, except where noted.
- "Una Mas (One More Time)" 15:19
- "Straight Ahead" 8:58
- "Sao Paolo" 7:20
- "If Ever I Would Leave You" (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) 5:07
- Kenny Dorham - trumpet
- Herbie Hancock - piano
- Joe Henderson - tenor saxophone
- Butch Warren - double bass
- Tony Williams - drums