Blue Spring (album)

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Blue Spring
Blue Spring (album).jpg
Studio album by Kenny Dorham with Cannonball Adderley
Released June 1959[1]
Recorded January 20 (#5-6) & February 18 (#1-4), 1959
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 42:13
Label Riverside
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Kenny Dorham chronology
This Is the Moment!
Blue Spring
Quiet Kenny
Cannonball Adderley chronology
Things Are Getting Better
Blue Spring
Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[4]

Blue Spring is a 1959 album by jazz trumpeter Kenny Dorham and saxophonist Cannonball Adderley released on the Riverside label, featuring performances by Dorham and Adderley with Dave Amram, Cecil Payne, Cedar Walton, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones or Jimmy Cobb.[5]


The Allmusic review by Stephen Cook awarded the album 4 stars and states: "listeners new to the work of Kenny Dorham should definitely consider this somewhat overlooked Riverside date from 1959. The set features plenty of Dorham's varied and sophisticated horn work and four of his top-drawer originals.... Essential listening for Dorham fans."[6] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars stating "Dorham enjoyed a brief resurgence towards the end of the '50s".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Kenny Dorham except as indicated

  1. "Blue Spring" - 7:42
  2. "It Might as Well Be Spring" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) - 7:42
  3. "Poetic Spring" - 6:47
  4. "Spring Is Here" (Lorenz Hart, Rodgers) - 6:39
  5. "Spring Cannon" - 4:53
  6. "Passion Spring" - 8:30



  1. ^ Billboard June 29, 1959
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 365. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 64. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Cannonball Adderley discography accessed 19 October 2009.
  6. ^ Cook, S. Allmusic Review, accessed 19 October 2009.