Personnel: Oliver Nelson, Paul Faulise, Urbie Green, Britt Woodman, Melba Liston, Billy Byers, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman, Jerry Kail, Joe Wilder, Clyde Reasinger, Don Butterfield, Julius Watkins, Ray Alonge, Jim Buffington, Arthur "Babe" Clark, Bob Ashton, Eric Dixon, Jerry Dodgion, Patti Bown, Charles McCracken, Peter Makis, Art Davis, Ed Shaughnessy, Ray Barretto.
Recorded in September & November, 1961.
Personnel: Oliver Nelson (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Pete Makis, Charles McCracken (cello); Bob Ashton (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Eric Dixon (flute, tenor saxophone); Arthur "Babe" Clarke (baritone saxophone); Clyde Reasinger, Ernie Royal, Jerry Kail, Joe Newman , Joe Wilder (trumpet); Julius Watkins, James Buffington, Ray Alonge (French horn); Melba Liston, Urbie Green, Billy Byers, Paul Faulise, Britt Woodman (trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba); Patricia Brown, Patti Bown (piano); Ed Shaughnessy (drums); Ray Barretto (congas, bongos).
Liner Note Author: Oliver Nelson.
Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (09/29/1960-11/10/1961); New Jersey (09/29/1960-11/10/1961).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Clyde Reasinger; Ernie Royal; Eric Dixon ; Bob Ashton; Jerry Kail; Joe Newman ; Joe Wilder; Julius Watkins; Melba Liston; Patti Bown; Ray Barretto; Art Davis ; Babe Clarke; Urbie Green; James Buffington; Charles McCracken ; Ed Shaughnessy; Billy Byers; Don Butterfield; Paul Faulise; Ray Alonge; Britt Woodman.
Arranger: Oliver Nelson.
This CD reissue brings back Oliver Nelson's first big-band date as a leader. Meant as a folk album paying tribute to the history of blacks in America, there are such songs as "Jungleaire," "Emancipation Blues," "Going Up North" and "Freedom Dance." Among the soloists are flutist Jerry Dodgion, trumpeter Joe Newman and Nelson himself on tenor and alto. Even this early, Nelson's writing had its own sound; his seven-part suite is well worth hearing. ~ Scott Yanow