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As Oliver Nelson is known primarily as a big band leader and arranger, he is less well-known as a saxophonist and organizer of small ensembles. The Blues And The Abstract Truth is his triumph as a musician, and literally defines the sound of an era. For this masterpiece, Nelson assembled 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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Apo ( Analogue Prod
  • ASIN: B0046E5GOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I now know this album is a classic but I only recently discovered it. I heard it on LP as a demonstration record for a mega stereo system. The sound was stunning but I soon realized that the music was pretty stunning, too. Highly recommended.
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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 sectionlen 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. This CD is a must buy for all jazz collectors.
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