Liner Note Authors: Frank Kofsky; Stanley Dance.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (03/15/1968-03/18/1968); New York, NY (03/15/1968-03/18/1968); Los Angeles, CA (10/19/1966-10/21/1966); New York, NY (10/19/1966-10/21/1966).
Photographers: Fred Seligo; Charles Stewart .
This Impulse two-fer revives a pair of LPs by arranger, composer, and saxophonist Oliver Nelson, Happenings and Soulful Brass, released in 1966 and 1968, respectively. Happenings, a date with pianist Hank Jones, is the better album, unlike Soulful Brass, which was co-led with comedian/pianist Steve Allen. Unfortunately, both pianists are featured mainly on harpsichord, which tends to dominate, and at times overwhelm, the compositions. Unless you're a die-hard collector, best to skip this two-fer and pick up the Impulse releases, The Blues & the Abstract Truth and More Blues & the Abstract Truth. ~ Al Campbell