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  • Bob Dorough (2005)

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    Born in the decidedly non-bustling Arkansas town of Cherry Hill and raised in Texas, Bob Dorough played clarinet in his high school band and earned a BA in Music from what is now North Texas University. Before that, three years with a Special Services Army Band had given him loads of valuable experience in both playing and arranging.

    In 1949, Bob made a bee-line for New York, where he took classes at Columbia University, immersed himself in the city’s rapidly evolving jazz scene and took whatever musical jobs he could land. For two years, he toured with Sugar Ray Robinson as the ex-boxer’s musical director and often shared stages with notables like Armstrong, Hines and Basie. Later in Paris, Bob did five months as a singing pianist at the Mars Club and began what has proven to be a long musical association with Blossom Dearie.
    His first record album (Devil May Care, released on Bethlehem in 1956 and still available) caused quite a stir. The buzz has continued over nearly five decades since then, with Dorough recordings issued on a variety of labels, both large and tiny. Along the way, Bob became the first – and the last – halfway decent singer to appear on a Miles Davis record. Among Bob's more illustrious songwriting collaborators over the years have been Fran Landesman and Dave Frishberg. His tunes now appear on albums recorded by dozens of other vocalists – and many have found special favor as instrumentals, too.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Bill Holman A View from the Side Petaluma Lu (JVC)
    # 2 Gil Evans Gil Evans & 10 Remember (Prestige)
    # 3 Miles Daviswith Gil Evans Miles Ahead I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (by Anyone But You) (Columbia)
    # 4 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall Nutty (Blue Note)
    # 5 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra The Blanton-Webster Band In a Mellotone (Bluebird)
    # 6 Igor Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms/Symphony in Three Movements/Symphony for Wind InstrumentsPierre Boulez with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Berlin Radio Sinfonia Choir Symphony of Psalms (Deutsche Grammophon)
    # 7 Keith Jarrett The Cure Bemsha Swing (ECM)
    # 8 Charlie Parker The Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes Little Willie Leaps (Savoy)
             
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