- Released: August 25, 1987
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Blue Note Records
- 2.Lotus Flower
- 3.Minor's Holiday
- 4.Minor's Holiday (Alternate Version)
- 5.Basheer's Dream
- 6.K.D.'s Motion
- 7.La Villa
- 8.Venita's Dance
- 9.K.D.'s Cab Ride
Personnel: Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Jay Jay Johnson (trombone); Horace Silver (piano); Oscar Pettiford, Percy Heath (bass); Art Blakey (drums); Carlos "Potato" Valdes (congas).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on January 30 and March 29, 1955. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather and Michael Cuscuna.
Personnel: Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone, brass); J.J. Johnson (trombone); Horace Silver (piano); Art Blakey (drums); Carlos "Patato" Valdes (congas).
Liner Note Author: Leonard Feather.
Recording information: New York, NY (01/30/1955/03/29/1955); Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (01/30/1955/03/29/1955).
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.