This hodgepodge retrospective on Past Perfect covers the formative years of Kenny Dorham's developmental period on the bop scene in the company of greats. A good portion of these tracks were recorded during his tenure in the Charlie Parker Quintet -- as the replacement for Miles Davis -- another documents his playing with Sonny Rollins, and still another as the first trumpeter in the original version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Some of this material is live, some of it studio, and not all the source material listed is accurate. That said, the collectors should be able to sort out the actual places and times much of this was recorded, since there are some excellent bootlegs from the period. Sound quality ranges from good to very good, and the performances here are all top of the line. The novice would do better looking elsewhere in discovering Dorham's particular brand of innovation as well as his incredible chops, such as his Blue Note dates, particularly Afro-Cuban or Whistle Stop.
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek