Trompeta Toccata

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Trompeta Toccata
Dorham Trompeta.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedEnd of July 1965[1]
RecordedSeptember 14, 1964
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
LabelBlue Note
BST 84181
ProducerAlfred Lion
Kenny Dorham chronology
Una Mas
Trompeta Toccata
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings [3]

Trompeta Toccata is a 1964 jazz album by trumpeter Kenny Dorham. It was released by Blue Note Records in 1965 as BST 84181. It was remastered by original recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder in 2006. Trompeta Toccata, as with Dorham's previous album Una Mas, features only four pieces, three of which were written by the trumpeter himself. Trompeta Toccata would be his last appearance as a leader; Bob Blumenthal wrote in his 2006 liner notes for the album that "the remainder of Dorhams' recorded career was confined to sideman appearances that can be counted on the fingers of one hand".[4]

The pieces[edit]

Dorham felt very satisfied working with these musicians - Joe Henderson, Tommy Flanagan, Richard Davis and especially Albert Heath - "he always kept the soloist sparked up."[5] About Henderson, he stated "He never fails to excite me" explaining "For instance, after I played him the melody of 'Trompeta Toccata', he wrote the chords for it. And what he wrote is what I heard in my own ear". Dorham chose the title Trompeta Toccata "since the term "toccata" comes from a Latin language base, and since the song is in 6/8 with an Afro-Latin feeling; it seemed logical to make the whole title Latin".[5] According to Dorham, "Night Watch", a bluesy piece, speaks of the night and darkness; "It's very late at night, and the mood is what comes when you're alone at that time". "Mamacita" is a 12-bars bossa nova. During its recording, Dorham recalls that once they got started on it, they caught fire; even Blue Note producer Alfred Lion and photographer Francis Wolff began to move to rhythm.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Kenny Dorham, except where noted.

  1. "Trompeta Toccata" - 12:21
  2. "Night Watch" - 5:44
  3. "Mamacita" (Joe Henderson) - 11:02
  4. "The Fox" - 7:59



  1. ^ Billboard July 31, 1965
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Trompeta Toccata - Kenny Dorham | AllMusic". Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 394. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. ^ Bob Blumenthal's 2006 liner notes
  5. ^ a b c Original liner notes by Nat Hentoff