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Oliver Nelson

Oliver Nelson (Saxophone)

Born: 4th June 1932, St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Died: 28th October 1975, Los Angeles

Nationality: American

Oliver Edward Nelson was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, and bandleader. His 1961 Impulse! album The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961) is regarded as one of the most significant recordings of its era. The centerpiece of the album is the definitive version of Nelson's composition, "Stolen Moments".

Further Reading: Oliver Nelson

 Classic Recordings, The Blues and the Abstract Truth

One of the unsung trailblazers of 60s jazz, Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth is some of his most widely-remembered work, and just so happens to feature a killer line-up including Eric Dolphy and Freddie Hubbard. We take a look back at Nelson's unique, contemporary interpretation of the blues.

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