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Afro-Cuban

Kenny DorhamVinyl
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  • Vinyl (July 29, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00JZO335Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Afrodisia (Side A)
2. Lotus Flower (Side A)
3. Minor's Holiday (Side A)
4. Basheer's Dream (Side A)
5. K.D.'s Motion (Side B)
6. The Villa (Side B)
7. Venita's Dance (Side B)

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Afro Cuban, by jazz trumpeter, Kenny Dorham, will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in 1955, Afro-cuban is Kenny Dorham's first classic album. Kenny had the complete package. He had a beautiful tone, amazing chops, and he was a great composer. It is a wonder why he is not more reknown. The first five tracks on this reissue are all latin/jazz classics. They are an essential part of every jazz library. The bonus tracks included on the re-issue aren't quite the same caliber as the first part of the CD. They are more standard hard bop tunes that latin jazz tunes, and are from a different recording session.
The first five tracks feature an all star lineup:
Kenny on trumpet, J.J. Johnson on trombone, Hank Mobley on tenor sax, Cecil Payne on baritione sax, Horace Silver on piano, Oscar Petiford on bass, Art Blakey on drums, and Carlos 'Potato' Valdes on conga ... wow!
I highly recommend this album along with just about all Kenny's albums.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph of jazz trumpet May 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, one of my earliest musical memories is of repeatedly listening to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass on my parents' stereo (high tech back then). When I was old enough to think I knew what I was doing, I even talked my parents into letting me take lessons and play trumpet for a summer. When I was done blowing my brains out after three months and still couldn't play "Yankee [Diddley] Doodle", we sold the trumpet and I started playing the organ. I share this so that it serves as my disclaimer that I am biased toward trumpet, but nonetheless, that did not influence my rating and review of this fantastic recording. I saw Kenny Dorham's name on the The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Eighth Edition (Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings) Core Collection, and while this is not the recording on that list ('Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1-2is), I had a chance to pick this up relatively cheaply, so I did. I am very glad I did, too. Kenny really knows how to shake it, and he does it without a lot of mute and effects, just straight ahead, sharp, bright trumpet playing. The Afro-Cuban influences and claves and whatnot are unmistakeable, but the wonder of this CD is that it doesn't smack you over the head with "ethnicity" at every turn. It merely presents some rousing, pleasing jazz in some unusual but not unheard of rhythm patterns accented by less-than-conventional percussion instruments. The effect is as soothing as it is exciting. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HALF AFRO-CUBAN, HALF MAINSTREAM 50'S February 8, 2007
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This is one of my favorite Kenny Dorham albums. First off, the players with Dorham are: Jay Jay Johnson, trombone; Hank Mobley, tenor sax; Cecil Payne, baritone sax; Horace Silver, piano; Oscar Pettiford, bass (cuts 1-5); Percy Heath, bass (cuts 6-9); Carlos "Potato" Valdez, conga; and Art Blakey, drums. So we're talking greats.

The first half of this album is Afro Cuban jazz and include Valdez on Conga. The second half is mainstream jazz in nature and drops Valdez for a more mainstream feel. Also on the second half, J.J. Johnson is not present, and Pettiford is replaced by Heath on bass. It's like two different albums in one, but ALL of it is great. This album has the debut version of Dorhams famous (relatively speaking of course) "Lotus Flower" and an alternate, previously unreleased alternate take of "Minor's Holiday". Recorded by the great Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, N.J. in 1955. (two seperate recording sessions) Cuts 1-5 were done on March 29, and cuts 6-9 were done a couple of months earlier on January 30, but unfortunately not re-masted by (in my honest opinion) his best sidekick, Phil DeLancie. I guess I'm used to the dynamic duo of Van Gelder and DeLancie when it comes to music from this era, and I can truly hear immediately when DeLancie is missing from the mix. Just a tid bit, but if you are an audiophile as well as a Jazz lover, you might notice that when listening. A must have recording if you are a Kenny Dorham fan. While you're at it, pick up a copy of Dorham's "Whistle Stop" and the sometimes hard to find (so keep looking) "Kenny Dorham Memorial" from January 10, 1960, and you'll have a great Kenny Dorham collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tough Triumvirate July 4, 2006
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I'm surprised the reviews tend to fixate on the rhythmic dimension of this session, though perhaps the title makes such a consideration inescapable. An even more undeniable strength of the recording is the presence of three of the all-time inventive masters on their respective instruments--Dorham, Mobley and J. J. Johnson. The session swings, and with a latin kick (with Blakey on board, how could it not?), but this is above all inspired ensemble playing and exemplary blowing--in fact, improvisation of the first order.

Kenny gets most of the time, and it's just as well, because the presence of the other two giants seems to bring out the best in him. No one articulates a single note in more varied, expressive ways then Dorham--he squeezes it shut, opens it up, comes at it from above, then underneath--and still manages to keep the ideas flowing and swinging. "Minor's Holiday" is such a delight you can't wait for the alternate take just for a chance to experience it again from a different angle. Mobley is Mr. Consistency, talking up a blues storm on each of his turns, and J. J. provides that extra life and spark that a Curtis Fuller, for all of his virtues, simply couldn't bring to a set like this. The last 4 tunes don't quite measure up, but the 5-star performance on the first 5 tunes is sufficiently memorable to characterize the session as a whole.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Afro Cuban's a Blue Note winner!
Great album by a jazz trailblazer. This is a must to include in any record and vinyl collection. Kenny Dorham created one of his best albums for Blue Note and his influence can be... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jazzgirl3
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz History Bliss
Recorded in 1955, this music still retains its potency, power, and joy. Dorham is a relatively new discovery to me, but I WAS quite familiar with other players on these sesssions,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Band that Birthed Hard Bop!
If you are a devotee of great Hard Bop in general, and classic old Blue Note sessions in particular, Kenny Dorham's Afro Cuban is a must have. Read more
Published on August 22, 2012 by Roger Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great!
Kenny Dorham was one of the greatest of jazz trumpeters.
This is a must have CD. The song selection, the technical
execution will impress even the casual listener. Read more
Published on December 6, 2008 by rayja
3.0 out of 5 stars Afro-Cuban Kenny Durham CD
Good for its historical place. I bought to hear JJ. What I didn't enjoy so much was the confused-sounding clash between swinging and straight time.
Published on January 4, 2007 by S. Shulman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This is one of my all time favorite, desert island discs. The band cooks and Dorham plays with intensity and imagination. Read more
Published on July 12, 2004 by J. Jarvie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is simply 5 star, wonderful jazz,...
Kenny Dorham, besides being a prolific composer (in more styles than one), is one hell of a player; and the unit assembled here:Cecil Payne, J.J. Read more
Published on September 10, 2003 by "douglasnegley"
5.0 out of 5 stars this is hot
After listening to most of KD's published recordings I have to say that this album ranks on top. There are two separate recording sessions on this disc which compliment each other... Read more
Published on April 8, 2003 by Patrick Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars cesare
I discovered this album some years ago as i'm workin' in big music stores i've got the opportunity to listen to so much music....well!! Read more
Published on February 28, 2002 by cesare vincenzi
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