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4.4 out of 5 stars
The Blues and the Abstract Truth
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on 23 January 2015
The reputation of this album may be based on the tremendous first track alone. But the rest of the album though good is nothing special and can’t compare to albums like Wayne Shorter’s ‘JuJu’ or Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’ also from the early 60s. Oliver Nelson’s best work was with big bands, not this. Nelson is somewhat unjustly forgotten now but his talent as a writer and arranger put him right up there with the greats of big band jazz. Download the first track on this album and seek out ‘Fantabulous’ and ‘Kennedy Dream’ and his arranging for Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery and take it from there.
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on 21 August 2016
I was so pleased when I came across this recording on Amazon.co.uk and it gives me so much pleasure as Oliver Nelson was a truly unique musician. I can't imagine any musician not being totally amazed at this wonderful cd.
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on 16 July 2015
So under-rated. This album just has something special - Nelson's arrangements I guess. In my top three jazz CDs.
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on 26 May 2017
excellent product and seller !!!!!
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on 21 July 2015
Not as cool as I would have liked but great playing nevertheless.
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on 22 January 2018
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on 9 February 2015
Had the vinyl decades ago.Now scratchy,but atmospheric(!)
Trust this will give a few more decades.
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on 23 October 2012
A classic album indeed, although its pretentious title has been undermined by the insidious popularity of its first two tracks and - truth be told - it now seems slighter than many of its near contemporaries. Such fine playing should make for more than easy listening; but I'm still glad to have it on tap.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 November 2013
Recorded way back in 1961 and featuring a veritable roll call of jazz greats this beautiful album has long been regarded as a classic of the chamber -jazz kind.The level of artistry is astonishing. Master arranger and saxophonist Oliver penned six classic swinging and harmonically sophisticated blues inspired tunes and let them loose on a wonderful band with predictably appealing results.From the opening tune, the cool toned 'Stolen Moments' the listener can sit back and relax, knowing that they hear a set where inspiration and discipline run together. This is no big star 'blowing session' but a highly inspired meditation on what a versatile form the blues really is in the right hands.

If you enjoyed the unhurried introspection of 'Kind of Blue',or melodic musings of Gill Evans and Gerry Mulligan on 'The Birth of the Cool' sessions then this set is a must. There is so much to enjoy here, but I want to highlight the stately 'Yearnin'. It features the sort of spare piano intro from Bill Evans that would have made Ellington or Basie proud,as a prelude to scorching solos from alto sax man Eric Dolphy and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard,before ending on a lovely orchestrated motif that hints at gospel as well jazz and blues.

So a recommended purchase. Great sound, exhaustive sleeve-notes and of course, marvelous music that even the jazz agnostics amongst us could enjoy make this album an essential purchase.
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on 2 May 2010
one of the best jazz albums of all time. it is worth the cost for the 1st track alone. a host of brilliant musicians all playing perfectly together. stolen moments is one of my favourite tracks of all time. genius.
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