Oliver Nelson The Blues and The Abstract Truth!

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Oliver Nelson The Blues and The Abstract Truth ! Original Pressing on Impulse
Records! Oliver Nelson recorded in February 1961 for the Impulse! label.
It remains Nelson's most acclaimed album and features a lineup of notable
musicians: Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy (his second-to-last appearance on a
Nelson album following a series of collaborations recorded for Prestige), Bill
Evans (his only appearance with Nelson), Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes. Baritone
saxophonist George Barrow does not take solos but remains a key feature in the
subtle voicings of Nelson's arrangements.[8] The album is often noted for its
unique ensemble arrangements[9][10] and is frequently identified as a
progenitor of Nelson's move towards arranging later in his career.[11]

Among the pieces on the album, "Stolen Moments" is the best known and has
become a jazz standard: a 16-bar piece in an eight-six-two pattern, even though
the solos are in a conventional 12-bar minor-key blues structure in C minor.
"Hoe-Down", inspired by the fourth section of Aaron Copland's Rodeo, is built
on a forty-four-bar structure (with thirty-two-bar solos based on rhythm
changes). "Cascades" modifies the traditional 32-bar AABA form by using a
16-bar minor blues for the A section, stretching the form to a total of 56
bars. The B-side of the album contains three tracks that hew closer to the
12-bar form: "Yearnin'", "Butch and Butch" and "Teenie's Blues" (which opens
with two 12-bar choruses of bass solo by Chambers).[8]

Nelson's later album, More Blues and the Abstract Truth (1964), features an
entirely different (and larger) group of musicians and bears little resemblance
to this record.

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