The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961) remains Oliver Nelson’s most acclaimed album and features a line-up of top-class musicians: Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Roy Haynes, and George Barrow. The album is often noted for its unique ensemble arrangements and is frequently identified as a progenitor of Nelson’s move towards arranging later in his career. It includes the iconic version of Nelson’s all-time classic « Stolen Moments ».
Reviewer Michael G. Nastos gave it the maximum rating of 5 stars in AllMusic, stating the album is « a must buy for all jazz fans, and a Top Ten or Top Fifty favourite for many. » This special edition includes, as a bonus, Nelson’s original version of « Stolen Moments », recorded the previous year as « The Stolen Moment. »
OLIVER NELSON alto & tenor sax,
ERIC DOLPHY alto sax & flute,
FREDDIE HUBBARD trumpet (out on B3),
GEORGE BARROW baritone sax,
BILL EVANS piano,
PAUL CHAMBERS bass,
ROY HAYNES drums.
1. Stolen Moments
6. Butch And Butch
7. Teenie’s Blues
8. Stolen Moments [first Version, Aka The Stolen Moment] *
* = Bonus Track