Oliver Nelson: Stolen Moments


Stolen Moments


Oliver Nelson (tenor sax)


The Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse IMPD-154)

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

Composed by Oliver Nelson


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 23, 1961


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Based on a C-minor blues, this quintessential jazz standard embodies the finest elements of the lexicon, with Oliver Nelsonís evocative and haunting melody providing a perfect vehicle for the artistry of a truly stellar cast. Freddie Hubbardís unusually soulful leadoff solo is followed by wonderfully aerodynamic flute flights from the inimitable Eric Dolphy. Nelsonís own delicately probing solo is perhaps one of jazzís most eloquently understated tenor saxophone performances. Finally, Bill Evans's harmonically wistful piano turn serves as a beautifully thoughtful closing statement. All the while Paul Chambers's walking bass and Roy Haynes's steady, subtle snare work anchor this modern masterpiece, which Nelson himself considered the realization of his own true voice. We agree, and a timeless voice at that.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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