Oliver Nelson
Blues And The Abstract Truth (with Bill Evans)

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

(1961) - 2013 EU reissue on 180g LP- A must buy for all jazz fans, and a Top Ten or Top 50 favorite for many, a historic landmark. With generous support from such jazz luminaries as Bill Evans, piano, Freddie Hubbard, trumpet, Paul Chambers, bass, Roy Ha

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Release date 16-10-2013( Originally released in 1961)

2013 EU reissue on 180gram LP -A must buy for all jazz fans, and a Top Ten or Top Fifty favorite for many. Recorded by the founder of the Impulse label, Creed Taylor, Oliver Nelson's The Blues And The Abstract Truth is a historic landmark,  recording Oliver Nelson plays alto and tenor saxophone on his own compositions and arrangements here with generous support from such jazz luminaries as Bill Evans piano Freddie Hubbard trumpet Paul Chambers bass Roy Haynes drums and Eric Dolphy alto sax and flute.

The Blues And The Abstract Truth is Oliver Nelson's lasting contribution to the heritage of the American jazz idiom.

A1 Stolen Moments
A2 HoeDown
A3 Cascades

B1 Yearnin
B2 Butch And Butch
B3 Teenies Blues&nbsp

Nelson sextet:
Alto Saxophone, Flute – Eric Dolphy
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Arranged By – Oliver Nelson
Baritone Saxophone – George Barrow
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – Roy Haynes
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Piano – Bill Evans
Producer – Creed Taylor
Trumpet – Freddie Hubbard

 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 form 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. "Stolen Moments" really needs no comments, as its undisputable beauty shines through in a three-part horn harmony fronting Hubbard's lead melody. It's a thing of beauty that is more timeless as the years pass. The "Blues" aspect is best heard on "Yearnin'," a stylish, swinging, and swaying downhearted piece that is a bluesy as Evans would ever be. Both "Blues" and "Abstract Truth" combine for the darker "Teenie's Blues," a feature for Nelson and Dolphy's alto saxes, Dolphy assertive in stepping forth with his distinctive, angular, dramatic, fractured, brittle voice that marks him a maverick. Then there's "Hoedown," which has always been the black sheep of this collection with its country flavor and stereo separated upper and lower horn in snappy call-and-response barking. As surging and searing hard boppers respectively, "Cascades" and "Butch & Butch" again remind you of the era of the early '60s when this music was king, and why Hubbard was so revered as a young master of the idiom. A must buy for all jazz fans, and a Top Ten or Top Fifty favorite for many.

This release from 1961 could easily be entitled Blues in modern garb Oliver Nelson may perhaps not have been aiming at abstract truth in his compositions but outstanding solos are certainly found in all six themes each of them specially composed and arranged by him for this session
His five lowbudget releases for Prestige had caused something of a sensation on the music scene and in particular the participation of the modernist Eric Dolphy gave an amazing boost to the groups sound The Impulse production profited from being allotted more time and certainly more money Thanks to this it was possible to borrow Freddie Hubbard and Bill Evans for a short term And so it was that this milestone in jazz history came about Teachers in music schools all over the world still present these exemplary cornerstones of jazz music to their pupils in jazz arrangement classes Nowhere can one better study keys and forms C minor rarely heard tonal centres forms with 44 or 56 bars these are all things to capture a students attention
For the normal listener however the escapades of Eric Dolphy in his solos the sensitive musicmaking of the rhythm group and the audible group sound are of more importance when coming across this rarity in the record store And whoever hesitates to part with his money when he has this megarare socalled photo cover in his hands is a hopeless case Dont deliberate on buying this album too long You may have to wait another 40 years before a further rerelease comes on the market and there is certainly no guarantee that it will sound as good as this one

Recording February 1961 at Rudy Van Gelder Studios Englewood Cliffs NJ USA
by Rudy van Gelder / Production Creed Taylor

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Jazz Wax
Originally released: 1961
This release: 2013
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