Afro-Cuban (album)

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Afro-Cuban
Studio album by Kenny Dorham
Released 1955
Recorded January 30 and March 29, 1955
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz
Length 18:53 (1955)
35:08 (1957),
45:44 (2007)
Label Blue Note
BLP 5065 (1955),
BLP 1535 (1957),
Blue Note 92744 (2007)
Producer Alfred Lion
Kenny Dorham chronology
Kenny Dorham Quintet
(1953)
Afro-Cuban
(1955)
'Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia
(1956)
Alternative cover
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. Two years later, Blue Note decided to add three tracks and issue an LP (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.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 5 stars and stated "A first-rate recording for the under-appreciated Dorham, this one should be in every collection of all true music lovers".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Kenny Dorham except as indicated

10" Vinyl, BLP 5065 (1955)[edit]

  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)[edit]

  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)[edit]

  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[edit]

  • "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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kenny Dorham discography accessed October 6, 2010
  2. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed September 28, 2010