The Blues and the Abstract Truth
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|Audio CD, August 15, 1995||
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Nelson, a fine tenor player in his own right, is surrounded by extraordinary talent: Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes. But this is Nelson's album: not only does he play beautifully himself, he contributed the compositions and the arrangements, all of which have a note-perfect quality that could only be achieved by an artist in absolute command of his material.
Each tune is a joy in its own right, but the highlight for me (just ahead of the joyful "Hoedown") is "Stolen Moments," which has rightfully become a jazz standard. It's a tune that never fails to remind me of the difference between a true jazz composition and a blowing session. In the latter, solos are taken for their own sake. In "Stolen Moments," the solos are flawless, but each player extends on the previous statement. For example, the transition chord that Bill Evans plays between Oliver Nelson's solo and his own is a perfect reply that shows how carefully he was listening to Oliver's playing. The communication deepens the pleasure of listening to the performance.
Like Miles' "Kind of Blue" and a handful of other jazz albums, "Blues and the Abstract Truth" could be put into a vault for listeners a thousand years hence to find. I'm sure they'd be just as impressed as the rest of us have been.
As other reviewers have stated, the All-Star lineup is without reproach. These guys are all top players on their respective instruments, recording in their prime. That is not to say that such a summit of talent ensures sublime results. There is definately magic involved in these performances, a certain simpatico between musicians that creates a work of great feeling and beauty. Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans and Freddie Hubbard all contribute with playing that ranks among the best of their highly successful careers. There is note a weak moment, let alone a weak track. Oliver Nelson's compositions and arrangements are amazing.
I wish that I had picked this up years ago, and I also wonder what some of the titles that I picked up in place of this were. I'm sure there were some good ones that I do not regret buying. I am happy that I now own this classic and wholeheartedly recommend to any other music fan.
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A classic session with great artists and original tunes that are also of the highest order. A CD that every jazz fan should own. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Retired prof
Don't get me wrong, this is a BRILLIANT record. My complaint is with Jazz Wax Records, the reissuing label. The vinyl records they release use DIGITAL sources, not analog. Read morePublished 19 days ago by W. Doyle
Excellent Product, Totally Recommended! a nice super top notch itemPublished 2 months ago by Ariel ML
This is a classic,1950ish Be Bop record that I have been trying to acquire for a long time. THANK YOU.Published 3 months ago by Kevin L. Johnson
The copy I received was clearly a NFR copy, but was factory-sealed and aside from the stricken bar-code, is in pristine condition. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Donald Mohr
This is the 3rd or so version I've purchased, the first being the original LP in the 60's, then MP3 and this newly remastered version is a must have for any lover of jazz from the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mike Agron
Should be on your list of "must haves." I have the 33 1/3 original album as well. By far, one of THE best jazz albums for your collection.Published 12 months ago by Malerin
superb disc...stellar performers, all at the top of their game. There is not a note wasted on the entire six sides. A jazz classic. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joel G. Cavicchia
Stolen Moments is a stand-out track and well worth the admission price and the main reason for bmy uying this album. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pablo Critton