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  • Audio CD (30 Jun. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: OJC / New Jazz
  • ASIN: B000000Y5Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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NELSON OLIVER

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Of course Oliver Nelson and Eric Dolphy are both phenomenal players, and this is a great modern jazz album. I think the recording order for Oliver Nelson's 3 most remembered albums is 'Screamin' the Blues' followed by 'The Blues and the Abstract Truth' and finally 'Straight Ahead'. Then why do I award 'Straight Ahead' with one less star than the other two? It is because I miss the presence of either Richard Williams (the trumpeter on 'Screamin' the Blues') or Freddie Hubbard (the trumpeter of The Blues and the Abstract Truth') The contrast of brass with woodwind is so good I miss it when it's not there. Never mind, still a great album and worth 4 stars of anyone's money.
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A fine recording of great jazz/blues. The melodies and improvisations are sound and still carry an air of excitement. Also buy Screamin' the Blues it is really very,very good.
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Another gem from Oliver Nelson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Jun. 2017
By R. FINNEGAN - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent service and love the music. Thank you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars not "Screamin' the Blues" or "Abstract Truth" but GREAT! 4 Feb. 2009
By Tony NYC - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of the other reviewers here said it right. I'm a huge Oliver Nelson and Eric Dolphy fan and this is a great album. It's not as great as "Screamin' the Blues" or "Blues and the Abstract Truth" which I feel are flawless, but this is a must have CD for many reasons. If you love either Nelson or Dolphy, that's reason enough. Great performances throughout, and for you audiophiles out there, the recording quality is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Works! 19 Sept. 2004
By Andrew Stevenson - Published on Amazon.com
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At first glance I didn't think this front line would work. Certainly Eric Dolphy's slashing frenetic style of playing would not work well with Oliver Nelson's more mainstream bluesy approach. But not only does it work, it works very well indeed thank you. At times it's fascinating to compare the two styles; at other times it's amazing how well they compliment each other. One is also reminded what an adventurous musician Nelson was. Another treat is hearing Dolphy on bass clarinet, an instrument not heard much in jazz. And while we're discussing treats.....a big treat here are Nelson's compositions especially the mysterious "Images" and the bluesy "Six and Four." Richard Wyands contributes some smooth piano work while bassist George Duvivier and drummer Roy Haynes hold everything together. Duvivier's presence is especially interesting to me. Somehow I think of him as being more of a mainstream player performing with the likes of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. It just goes to show what a versatile player he was!
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1.0 out of 5 stars For Dolphy Fans Only 1 Oct. 2012
By John M. - Published on Amazon.com
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Expecting Dolphy to play flute with Nelson on alto sax, I wound up with a primarily double alto sax session which is a no go for me no matter who the paticipants are. 1 track has Nelson on tenor sax with Dolphy on bass clarinet and flute at various points.

All this was spelled out in black and white in the original liner notes which appeared on the back of the original LP, for all to read before puchasing. Unfortunatly internet buyers do not recieve the same consideration.

SCREAMIN' THE BLUES with trumpeter Richard Williams added to the band is the better one, if you must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Dolphy's On Board, It's Never "Straight Ahead" 4 Nov. 2000
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
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"Straight Ahead" is the third and final collaboration between tenor saxophonist and noted arranger Oliver Nelson, and iconoclastic reedman Eric Dolphy. The first was Nelson's "Screamin' The Blues" also on the Prestige label, and the second was the famous "Blues and the Abstract Truth," recorded for Impulse a week earlier than "Straight Ahead." On March 1, 1961 Nelson and Dolphy went into the studio for the third time, along with Richard Wyands on piano, George Duvivier on bass and Roy Haynes on drums. Five of the album's six tunes are Nelson originals ("Ralph's New Blues is a Milt Jackson composition), with "Images" and the title-track the standouts. The results were magical on this session, but not quite as impressive as the Impulse date. All the same, fans of Nelson and Dolphy will enjoy plotting this course "Straight Ahead."
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