Oliver Nelson

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Oliver Edward Nelson (June 4, 1932 – October 28, 1975) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, and bandleader.

He is perhaps best remembered for his groundbreaking 1961 Impulse! album The Blues and the Abstract Truth, widely regarded as one of the most significant American jazz recordings of the modern jazz era. The centerpiece of the album is the definitive version of Nelson's composition, "Stolen Moments". Other important recordings from the early 1960s are More Blues and the Abstract Truth and Sound Pieces, both also on Impulse!.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Soul Battle Oliver Nelson 1
1961 Straight Ahead Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy 3
1961 The Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson 7
1962 Afro/American Sketches Oliver Nelson Orchestra 1
1963 Screamin' the Blues Oliver Nelson 5
1965 More Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson 6
1966 Happenings Hank Jones & Oliver Nelson 1
1966 Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle Oliver Nelson 3
1970 Black Brown and Beautiful Oliver Nelson 1
1970 The Mayor and the People Carl Stokes & Oliver Nelson 1
1971 Berlin Dialogue for Orchestra Oliver Nelson 1
1975 Skull Session Oliver Nelson 1
1975 Stolen Moments Oliver Nelson 2
1991 Sound Pieces Oliver Nelson 1
1992 Main Stem Oliver Nelson 1
1992 Nocturne Oliver Nelson with Lem Winchester 1
1992 Soul Battle Oliver Nelson, King Curtis & Jimmy Forrest 2
2000 Blue Seven Shirley Scott with Oliver Nelson & Joe Newman 1
2007 Taking Care of Business Oliver Nelson 1
2008 3-2-1-0 Oliver Nelson / The Sharps & Flats 1
2008 Fantabulous Oliver Nelson 1
Afro Oliver Nelson 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Verve Jazz Masters 48 Oliver Nelson 1
2005 I Love Everybody Johnny Hartman & Oliver Nelson 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Zig Zag / The Super Cops Oliver Nelson / Jerry Fielding 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Live From Los Angeles Oliver Nelson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 The Argo, Verve, And Impulse Big Band Studio Sessions Oliver Nelson 1

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