Kenny Dorham – Afro-Cuban


The late Kenny Dorham was a fairly unique figure in jazz, in that he played with Charlie Parker and Andrew Hill, representatives of both the original bebop school and with the Blue Note post-bop scene of the 1960s. Afro-Cuban, originally issued in 1955, is one of Dorham’s finest albums, highlighting his skill as composer, bandleader, and, of course, trumpeter. Half the album is a melding of melodically imaginative bop and the African-based rhythms of Cuba and the Caribbean, while the remainder is more straight-up bebop. The playing is exemplary and fresh, as befitting a posse of players that includes Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, and Art Blakey in their younger days. The tunes, nearly all originals, are tight and trim–all killer, no filler.

Personnel: Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Kenny Dorham; Oscar Pettiford, Percy Heath (bass guitar); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); J.J. Johnson (trombone); Horace Silver (piano); Art Blakey (drums); Carlos “Patato” Valdes (congas); Richie Goldberg (cowbells).


01. Afrodisia
02. Lotus Flower
03. Minor’s Holiday
04. Minor’s Holiday (Alternate Take)
05. Basheer’s Dream
06. K.D.’s Motion
07. La Villa
08. Venita’s Dance
09. K.D.’s Cab Ride

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