Afro/American Sketches

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Afro/American Sketches
Studio album by Oliver Nelson Orchestra
Released June 1962
Recorded September 29 & November 10, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 41:30
Label Prestige
PRLP 7225
Oliver Nelson Orchestra chronology
Main Stem
(1961)
Afro/American Sketches
(1962)
Full Nelson
(1962)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Down Beat 3.5/5 stars[2]


Afro/American Sketches is a jazz album by Oliver Nelson recorded in late 1961 and released in 1962. It is his first big band album as a leader.[3]

In a June 7, 1962 review for Down Beat magazine jazz critic Richard B. Hadlock said this of Nelson: "In his penchant for melodic simplicity and inner complexity he is close to the secret of Duke Ellington's most enduring scores, and in his thick linear voicings there are echoes of Gil Evans at his best."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Nelson.

  1. "Message" – 5:56
  2. "Jungleaire" – 6:33
  3. "Emancipation Blues" – 8:11
  4. "There's a Yearnin'" – 4:24
  5. "Going Up North" – 6:11
  6. "Disillusioned" – 5:36
  7. "Freedom Dance" – 4:39

Recorded on September 29 (#1, 3, 4, 6, 7) and November 10 (#2, 5), 1961.

Performers[edit]

Tracks 2, 5

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7

  • Oliver Nelson - arranger, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Jerry Kail, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Joe Wilder - trumpet
  • Paul Faulise, Urbie Green, Britt Woodman - trombone
  • Ray Alonge, Jim Buffington, Julius Watkins - French horn
  • Don Butterfield - tuba
  • Jerry Dodgion - alto sax, flute
  • Eric Dixon - tenor saxophone, flute
  • Bob Ashton - tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
  • Patti Bown - piano
  • Peter Makas, Charles McCracken - violoncello
  • Art Davis - bass
  • Ed Shaughnessy - drums
  • Ray Barretto - congas, bongos

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Down Beat: June 7, 1962 vol. 29, no. 12
  3. ^ Afro/American Sketches at Jazzdisco
  4. ^ Down Beat: June 7, 1962 vol. 29, no. 12