The Africa/Brass Sessions, Volume 2

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The Africa/Brass Sessions, Vol. 2
Africa Brass Sessions Vol 2.jpg
Compilation album by John Coltrane
Released 1974
Recorded May 23 and June 4, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 33:27
Label Impulse!
Producer Creed Taylor
John Coltrane chronology
Live in Japan
The Africa/Brass Sessions, Volume 2
Interstellar Space

The Africa/Brass Sessions, Vol. 2 is a posthumous compilation album by American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane, released in 1974 by Impulse Records. It compiles outtakes from the same 1961 sessions that produced his Africa/Brass album. "Song of the Underground Railroad" and "Greensleeves" were recorded on May 23, while "Africa" was recorded on June 4. On October 10, 1995, Impulse incorporated the tracks issued here into a two-disc set entitled The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions.


After a successful series of albums for Atlantic Records, Coltrane signed to the developing, more jazz-oriented Impulse! Records. He assembled a 17-piece orchestra and started to record a series of sessions called Africa/Brass with musicians such as trumpeters Booker Little and Freddie Hubbard, trombonist Julian Priester, bassists Paul Chambers and Reggie Workman, reed player Eric Dolphy, pianist McCoy Tyner, and drummer Elvin Jones. The Africa/Brass Sessions, Volume 2 compiled music from the second installment of the sessions in 1961.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice A[3]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau wrote that of all Coltrane's posthumous albums, he stills listens to Africa Brass, Vol. II constantly.[3] In a retrospective review, AllMusic's Lindsay Planer praised Coltrane's command of his orchestra and his own playing: "The amazing virtuosity in Coltrane's solos had begun to show signs of the future direction his later avant-garde sides would take."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Song of the Underground Railroad"   traditional 6:44
2. "Greensleeves"   traditional 10:53

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Africa"   John Coltrane 16:08





  1. ^ a b c The Africa/Brass Sessions, Volume 2 at AllMusic
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (September 12, 1974). "Consumer Guide (48)". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved November 24, 2013. 

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