Here is the Kenny Dorham review of Behind The 8 Ball from the July 29, 1965 issue of Down Beat.
" From what is happening on the first track, i sometmes wonder who selects the titles for these albums, because 8-Ball hits the nail on the head.
Universe is a eight-bar 6/8, we'll say--sanctified, blusey, listen-for-yourself thing. Is the universe round? If it is, it very well could be a bigger eight bars--out of sight...seven minutes and three seconds of it.
Amen.... Well, lets see here. Arranged by Willette... that alto... that poor guitarist is hung up in there--a victim of circumstance or choice?
Tacos Joe is a blues with a sancti-background. Guitarist White i like--but mucho tacos, hasta luego.
Roll'Em Pete ia listed on the cover but not on the record label. The a&r man or someone was in a hurry to get rid of this one. Wait a minute... Willette pays it .... guitarist just played a lick (musical phrase)--he's in trouble... poor fellow.
Just A Closer Walk. I don't like the idea of jazzing this. A line has to be drawn somewhere. I don't believe what i hear. He could,should be closer to thee or in.... St. James Infirmary. Well let's move on down the line to the next one, Sinnin' Sam, who is also behind the 8-ball.
There is nothing of sufficent musical content here to deserve a rating; so I'm leaving it where i found it--Behind The 8-Ball."
Rating: no stars
Edited by Bill Fenohr, 08 April 2005 - 02:45 PM.