Kenny Dorham, Woody Shaw, Bill Hardman, Blue Mitchell, Richard Williams, Walter Kelly (tp), Lonnie Smith (p), Peck Morrison (b), Walter Perkins (d)
Reference: FSRCD 382
Bar code: 8427328603829
This "Trumpet Summit" is one of many summits organized by Jim Harrison between 1966 and 1970 at the Club Ruby in Jamaica, Queens, the Club Afro-Disiac, also in Jamaica, and at the Marc Ballroom in Union Square in Manhattan. However the only one that seems to have been recorded is this one from 1968. It was released bt Trip Records, a label that mostly focused on low budget re-issues, and was titled "A Trumpet Tribute", a tribute to Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown and Booker Little.
"This album is hard-bop heaven for trumpeters. Billed as a tribute to Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown and Booker Little, it features Woody Shaw, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, Blue Mitchell, Richard Williams and the little-known Walter Kelly. The presence of so much concentrated brass firepower naturally brings out the competitive spirit.
Shaw-23 at the time-dazzles with explosive pentatonics. His work on an uptempo version of “What’s New” answers the song’s title with a conception that would eventually solidify his place as an innovator. Dorham, on "Bags Grooove" and "Confirmtion", shows off his mastery of bop's harmonic language. You can hear now he had influenced Shaw at the time [...]"
—Owen Cordle (April 25, 2019)