Oliver Nelson Afro-American Sketches
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- Released: August 15, 1993
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: OJC
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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.
Oliver Nelson merged the rhythmic fervor of Africa and Black America with the organizational flair of Europe on this release. The often spectacular work features the orchestra sometimes whooping and clashing in the backdrop and other times giving soulful statements or converging in a blues setting. While Nelson combined Afro-Latin rhythmic support from Ray Barretto with crisp jazz drumming from Ed Shaughnessy, he also contributed his own soaring alto and tenor sax solos and conducted the orchestra. It was a monumental job, and Nelson exceeded it. ~ Ron Wynn
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