Oliver Nelson: Hoe Down


Hoe Down


Oliver Nelson (tenor sax)


The Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse AS 5)

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Oliver Nelson (tenor sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Eric Dolphy (alto sax), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Roy Haynes (drums),

George Barrow (baritone sax)


Composed by Oliver Nelson


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 23, 1961


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

My best advice is "never listen to this tune" because once you do, you'll never get it of your mind. I don't quite understand why it's less famous than the track just before it on Oliver Nelson's mythic The Blues and the Abstract Truth, the catchy "Stolen Moments," except of course that it would be hard to put words to "Hoe Down." But it's a marvel of spontaneity over construction. A blues structure, an up-tempo rhythm, terrific soloists and a great rhythm section what else do you need? Construction! Dolphy's freaky alto is set between Hubbard and Nelson, the two "classics" (and Nelson's tenor solo is a model of structured improvisation). Evans just does some discreet, churchy comping, Chambers walks his bass efficiently, and the drums are in the forefront. And what drums: at times you'd like to be Haynes's snare! If that's not consummate knowledge of how to arrange for a combo

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum


  • 1 brie // Oct 17, 2008 at 03:09 AM
    i love this song! it's stuck in my head.