Matador (Kenny Dorham album)

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Studio album by Kenny Dorham
Released January/early February 1963[1]
Recorded April 15, 1962
Sound Makers, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 38:18
Label United Artists
UAJ 14007
UAJS 15007
Producer Alan Douglas
Kenny Dorham chronology
Inta Somethin'
(1961)Inta Somethin'1961
Una Mas
(1963)Una Mas1963

Matador is an album by American jazz trumpeter Kenny Dorham featuring performances recorded in 1962 and released on the United Artists label.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat4/5 stars[3]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[4]

Down Beat magazine jazz critic Ira Gitler stated in his April 25, 1963 review: "Dorham and McLean, two of jazz' most passionate and lyrical players are in very good form here. Helped by a varied set of material and an energized Timmons, they have fashioned an album of surpassing interest.[3]

The Allmusic review by Brandon Burke awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "Kenny Dorham's Matador can safely claim the all too common distinction of being a classic among jazz connoisseurs while virtually unknown to the casual listener... A fantastic session by any standard".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "El Matador" (Kenny Dorham) - 6:32
  2. "Melanie Parts 1-3" (Jackie McLean) - 11:34
  3. "Smile" (Charlie Chaplin) - 5:00
  4. "Beautiful Love" (Haven Gillespie, Wayne King, Egbert Van Alstyne, Victor Young) - 5:13
  5. "Prelude" (Heitor Villa-Lobos) - 4:47
  6. "There Goes My Heart" (Benny Davis, Abner Silver) - 5:12



  1. ^ Billboard Feb 9, 1963
  2. ^ Kenny Dorham discography accessed October 7, 2010
  3. ^ a b Down Beat: April 25, 1963 Vol. 30, No. 10
  4. ^ a b Burke, B. Allmusic Review accessed October 7, 2010