TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the March 2011 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Recorded in 1961, The Blues and Abstract Truth is Oliver Nelson's most acclaimed album.
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.
"....it features some of the most original writing, gorgeous and simpatico ensemble playing, and virtuoso improvisations ever put on tape.... The palate of tone colors is absolutely breathtaking, the dynamic range free and wide. The instruments are arrayed across a transparent and seamless soundstage, with near-perfect tonal balance and an immediacy I have never before encountered." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, March 2011
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Original Impulse Label Recording
Oliver Nelson, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
George Barrow, baritone saxophone
Paul Chambers, bass
Eric Dolphy, flute, alto saxophone
Bill Evans, piano
Roy Haynes, drums
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
1. Stolen Moments
2. Hoe Down
5. Butch and Butch
6. Teenie's Blues