Afro-Cuban (album)
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Afro-Cuban Album
Afro-Cuban
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Studio album by
ReleasedEnd of October 1955 (10");[1]
End of May 1957 (12")[2]
RecordedJanuary 30 and March 29, 1955
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
GenreJazz
Length18:53 (1955)
35:08 (1957),
45:44 (2007)
LabelBlue Note
BLP 5065 (1955),
BLP 1535 (1957),
Blue Note 92744 (2007)
ProducerAlfred Lion
Kenny Dorham chronology
Alternative cover
10" Vinyl (1955) artwork
10" Vinyl (1955) artwork

Afro-Cuban is an album by American jazz trumpeter Kenny Dorham. The first release of the album dates back to 1955 on 10" Vinyl, featuring only four tracks and having a different cover artwork. Some time later, Blue Note decided to add three tracks and issue a more complete LP toward the end of May 1957[2] (see below for details). After publishing a 2003 RVG edition which featured two additional pieces and a different track listing, Blue Note remastered and recompiled Afro-Cuban in 2007, restoring the original track order.[3]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars [5]

The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos stated: "A first-rate recording for the under-appreciated Dorham, this one should be in every collection of all true music lovers".[4]

Track listing

All compositions by Kenny Dorham except as indicated

10" Vinyl, BLP 5065 (1955)

  1. "Afrodisia" - 5:06
  2. "Lotus Flower" - 4:17
  3. "Minor's Holiday" - 4:27
  4. "Basheer's Dream" (Gigi Gryce) - 5:03

LP, BLP 1535 (1957)

  1. "Afrodisia" - 5:06
  2. "Lotus Flower" - 4:17
  3. "Minor's Holiday" - 4:27
  4. "Basheer's Dream" (Gigi Gryce) - 5:03
  5. "K.D.'s Motion" - 5:29
  6. "La Villa" - 5:24
  7. "Venita's Dance" - 5:22

RVG edition (CD, 2007)

  1. "Afrodisia" - 5:06
  2. "Lotus Flower" - 4:17
  3. "Minor's Holiday" - 4:27
  4. "Basheer's Dream" (Gigi Gryce) - 5:03
  5. "K.D.'s Motion" - 5:29
  6. "La Villa" - 5:24
  7. "Venita's Dance" - 5:22

Bonus tracks

  • "Echo of Spring" (aka "K.D.'s Cab Ride") - 6:12
  • "Minor's Holiday" [Alternate Take] - 4:24

Tracks 5-8 recorded on January 30, 1955; tracks 1-4 and 9 on March 29, 1955.

Personnel

References

  1. ^ Billboard Nov 5, 1955
  2. ^ a b Billboard May 20, 1957
  3. ^ Kenny Dorham discography accessed October 6, 2010
  4. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed September 28, 2010
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.



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