Oliver Nelson - Blues and the Abstract Truth (Reel-to-Reel, Ultra Tape)
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Oliver Nelson - Blues and the Abstract Truth (Reel-to-Reel, Ultra Tape)

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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

 

2 x Ultra Tape reel-to-reel

15 ips, ¼-inch analog tape copy (IEC equalization) sourced from a copy of the original analog master tape.

Transferred real-time, using an ATR-modified Ampex Tape Machine with flux magnetic heads.

Custom slipcase cover 

Stereo

Studio

Label :  Analogue Productions

Original Label :  Impulse

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

Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder 

Originally released in 1961

Reissued in 2021

 

Tracks :

  1. Stolen Moments
  2. Hoe Down
  3. Cascades
  4. Yeamin'
  5. Butch And Butch
  6. Teenie's Blues

 

Reviews :

« 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. » AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos

"The Blues and the Abstract Truth is one of my favorite jazz recordings. What a group of heavy-weight performers! Besides Oliver Nelson on tenor sax, you've got the incomparable Bill Evans on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Paul Chambers on bass, Roy Haynes on drums, and Eric Dolphy on flute and alto sax. This is the jazz equivalent of a super-group." — Jim Hannon, AVguide.com

 

Ratings :

AllMusic 5/5  ,   Discogs 4.66/5

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