Oliver Nelson The Blues and the Abstract Truth

Down Beat: 5 stars out of 5 -- "Paul Chambers' bass moves with the dependable accuracy of a pendulum..."
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  • Released: November 17, 2017
  • Originally Released: 2014
  • Label: Green Corner

Entertainment Reviews:

Down Beat - p.74
5 stars out of 5 -- "Paul Chambers' bass moves with the dependable accuracy of a pendulum..."
JazzTimes - 5/96, pp.74-75
"You can afford only one Oliver Nelson album? This is the one. Why?....Because there are few perfect records. This is 36 1/2 minutes of perfection, an album as fresh as the day it was born 33 years ago. Long may it be reissued."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Stolen Moments
  • 2.Hoe-Down
  • 3.Cascades
  • 4.Yearnin'
  • 5.Butch And Butch
  • 6.Teenie's Blues
  • 7.Trane Whistle
  • 8.Whole Nelson
  • 9.You Are Too Beautiful
  • 10.Stolen Moments [First Version, aka The Stolen Moment]
  • 11.Walk Away
  • 12.Jaws

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Stolen Moments
  • 2.Hoe-Down
  • 3.Cascades
  • 4.Yearnin'
  • 5.Butch And Butch
  • 6.Teenie's Blues
  • 7.Images
  • 8.Six And Four
  • 9.Mama Lou
  • 10.Ralph's New Blues
  • 11.Straight Ahead
  • 12.111-44

Product Description:

Personnel: Oliver Nelson (alto & tenor saxophones); Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute); George Barrow (baritone saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Bill Evans (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Roy Haynes (drums).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 23, 1961. Includes liner notes by Oliver Nelson.
The late Oliver Nelson had such a successful career as a composer of film and TV music ("Theme From the Six Million Dollar Man") and arranger that it often overshadowed his abilities as a jazz musician. In 1961, Nelson assembled a fantastic small ensemble, including Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, and Freddie Hubbard, for a session of six original compositions. Nelson was also an excellent, bluesy-toned saxophonist (heard here on tenor and alto) and his tunes cover a variety of moods, from the elegiac "Stolen Moments" to the wryly humorous, Aaron Copeland-like "Hoe-Down" to the rippling "Cascades." Dolphy's edgy, vocally inspired alto sound, the surging brassy tone of Hubbard's trumpet, and the swinging lyricism of Bill Evans make a potent combination, contributing to BLUES's status as a classic of post-bop jazz.

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  • UPC: 8436563181757
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