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: 95/100 (learn more)

This was my introduction to Freddie Hubbard as a young teenager. I was listening to WHAT-FM the jazz station in Philly, and I was in my father’s room—I remember that exact point in time in my life clearly because of his performance. From the very first declarative phrase of this classic solo he had a style all his own, not only an instantly recognizable sound and vibrato, but also the angularity of his solo, the way he used dynamics in it and laid back in the time caught my ear immediately. I could tell he listened to saxophonists, and when he ran up and down that Dmin7 chord I was simply amazed.

Reviewer: Randy Brecker

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