Whistle Stop (album)

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Whistle Stop
Studio album by Kenny Dorham
Released June 1961[1]
Recorded January 15, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz, hard bop
Length 38:43
Label Blue Note
BST 84063
Producer Alfred Lion
Kenny Dorham chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]

Whistle Stop is a jazz studio album by Kenny Dorham, featuring performances by acclaimed musicians Hank Mobley, Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. It was recorded in January 1961 at Van Gelder Studio, in Englewood Cliffs, and was originally released on Blue Note Records as BST 84063 and BLP 4063. "In 1975", Blumenthal states in the CD liner notes, "five British critics picked Whistle Stop as one of 200 albums that belonged in a basic library of jazz recorded after World War II".

Notes about the album tracks[edit]

"Philly Twist" is dedicated to Philly Joe Jones. Kenny added "There is also the play on words with filly, a young horse." "Buffalo" tries to portrait a buffalo in action, whilst "Sunset" tries to represent the feeling of an imaginary sunset. "Whistle Stop" is an attempt to depict a train in motion. About "Sunrise in Mexico", Dorham says: "The skies down there", in Mexico, "are low and everything looks different". "Windmill" talks about an old girlfriend of all of us, who can live by the windmill. Dorham explains that "a windmill, a weathered, gray-wood affair, is represented in the last four bars of the track". "Dorham's Epitaph" was intended by Dorham to be a sort of musical epitaph, an "identifying song".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All pieces by Kenny Dorham.

  1. "Philly Twist" - 5:39
  2. "Buffalo" - 7:43
  3. "Sunset" - 6:20
  4. "Whistle Stop" - 5:56
  5. "Sunrise in Mexico" - 5:39
  6. "Windmill" - 6:17
  7. "Dorham's Epitaph" - 1:09



  1. ^ 2015 liner notes to the Japanese SHM-CD by Michael Cuscuna
  2. ^ Whistle Stop at AllMusic
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 64. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Original liner notes by Ira Gitler