John Coltrane records ‘Africa/Brass,’ his eighth album with French horns and euphonium (1961)

John Coltrane‘s ‘Africa/Brass’ is his eighth studio album recorded on May 23 & June 7, 1961 with French horns and euphonium and released the same year by Impulse! Records.

Track Listing : 1.Africa (John Coltrane) – 16:28 . 2.Greensleeves (Traditional, Mccoy Tyner) – 10:00 . 3.Blues Minor (John Coltrane) – 07:22

Musicians : John Coltrane – Soprano And Tenor Saxophone . Elvin Jones – Drums . Eric Dolphy – Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute . Mccoy Tyner – Piano . Reggie Workman – Bass On (2 – 3) . Art Davis – Bass On (1 – 3) . Pat Patrick – Baritone Saxophone . Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet On (2) . Booker Little – Trumpet . Britt Woodman – Trombone On (1 – 3) . Julian Priester – Euphonium On (2) . Charles Greenlee – Euphonium On (2) . Carl Bowman – Euphonium On (1 – 3) . Bill Barber – Tuba . Garvin Bushell – Piccolo, Woodwinds On (2) . Julius Watkins – French Horn . Jim Buffington – French Horn On (2) . Bob Northern – French Horn . Donald Corrado – French Horn . Robert Swisshelm – French Horn

Production : Produced By Creed Taylor . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Dom Cerulli – Liner Notes . Pete Turner – Photography

Recorded On May 23 & June 7, 1961 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.

Released On May 23 & June 7, 1961 By Impulse! Records.

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Michael_Stohrer @ RateYourMusic
I’m serious about starting with Africa / Brass. It’s more “arranged” than the other Best Coltrane Albums, but isn’t dragged down by sidemen who can’t cut itand isn’t totally mind-punching like the later free-jazz stuff. This is the best place to start. […]

SOMETHING ELSE!
Unfortunately, this is one of only two big-band sessions by Coltrane (the other being the otherworldly “Ascension,” also on Impulse, from 1965). Yet, “Africa/Brass” somehow — and this is baffling — remains one of his lesser talked-about releases. […]

allmusic
Although it would have been preferred that such sidemen as trumpeter Booker Little, Freddie Hubbardand Eric Dolphy himself had received some solo space (only Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jonesand the various bassists get to stand out individually), the music is quite rewarding and sometimes haunting […]

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