An excellent hardbop session from the glory days of the Savoy label – easily one of the label’s key 50s classics! Drummer Kenny Clarke’s at the front of the group – but all players are great, and the set features work by Cannonball Adderley on alto, Jerome Richardson on tenor, Donald Byrd on trumpet, Nat Adderley on cornet, Hank Jones or Horace Silver on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass. The Adderley brothers sound especially great – and the young Cannonball has a quality here that’s more soulful and sharp-edged than his work on Mercury – much more in a Prestige blowing session style! Titles include “Late Entry”, “Chasm”, “Bohemia After Dark”, and “Hear Me Talkin To Ya”.
Along with Max Roach, Kenny Clarke was one of the definitive drummers of jazz’s original bebop movement. By the time of the Bohemia After Dark sessions (in June 1955), Clarke was firmly established as a bandleader. He probably didn’t know it at the time, but he also made jazz history here, as Bohemia marks the recording debut of the soulful Adderley brothers — alto sax heavyweight Cannonball and ace cornetist/composer Nat. The brothers also contributed several tunes as well. This session is earnestly swinging bop with very good early career work from pianist Horace Silver and bassist Paul Chambers. —AllMusic Review by Mark Keresman
Tracklist: 1. Bohemia After Dark 6:06 2. Chasm 4:18 3. Willow Weep For Me 6:18 4. Late Entry 6:56 5. Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya 3:12 6. With Apologies To Oscar 9:06 7. We’ll Be Together Again 5:42
Personnel: Kenny Clarke, drums Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley, alto sax (#1-5,7) Nat Adderley, cornet (#1-2,4-7) Donald Byrd, trumpet (#1-2,4-5) Jerome Richardson, tenor sax, flute (#1-2,5,7) Horace Silver, piano (#1-5,7) Hank Jones, piano (#6) Paul Chambers, bass