Saturday, May 18, 2013

oliver nelson's stolen moments



composer and arranger oliver nelson was so right to entitle this album the blues and the abstract truth (1961). for indeed the blues is pure abstraction of life into congealed suffering. TBAAT produces exquisite music & great improvisations. first, the brooding lyricism of hubbard on trumpet, followed by eric dolphy's highly imaginative intervention on flute. nelson's solo is a rare gem of modal lyricism within the jazz vocabulary of the early 1960's. bill evans' groovy short musical cerebration is as abstract as nelson would have wanted. the magic ends too soon.  

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