Oliver Nelson : The Blues and the Abstract Truth

Oliver Nelson : The Blues and the Abstract Truth


Oliver Nelson (alto sax, tenor sax), Eric Dolphy (alto sax, flute), George Barrow (baritone sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)

Recorded in 1961

Impulse 5

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - Stolen Moments
2 - Hoe Down
3 - Cascades
4 - Yearnin'
5 - Butch and Butch
6 - Teenie's Blues

Recorded February 23, 1961 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

As Oliver Nelson is known primarily as a big band leader and arranger, he is lesser known as a saxophonist and organizer of small ensembles. Blues And The Abstract Truth is his triumph as a musician for the aspects of not only defining the sound of an era with his all-time classic "Stolen Moments," but on this recording, assembling one of the most potent modern jazz sextets ever. Lead trumpeter Freddie Hubbard is at his peak of performance, while alto saxophonists Nelson and Eric Dolphy (Nelson doubling on tenor) team to for an unlikely union that was simmered to perfection. Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Roy Haynes (drums) can do no wrong as a rhythm section.