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]

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.[2]

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

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