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Oliver Nelson

Oliver Nelson
Born: Jun 4, 1932 in St. Louis, MO
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Died: Oct 27, 1975 in Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Jazz, Other, Classical
Biography: Oliver Nelson was a distinctive soloist on alto, tenor, and even soprano, but his writing eventually overshadowed his playing skills. He became a professional early on in 1947, playing with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra and with St. Louis big bands headed by George Hudson and Nat Towles. In 1951, he arranged ...Read full biography
The Blues And The Abstract Truth
Released: 1961
Label: Impulse! Records
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As Oliver Nelson is known primarily as a big band leader and arranger, he is lesser known as a saxophonist and organizer of small ensembles. Blues and the Abstract Truth is his triumph as a musician for ...Read full review
Straight Ahead
Released: 1961
Label: Fantasy Inc.
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A very interesting quintet set, Straight Ahead matches together Oliver Nelson (on alto and tenor) and Eric Dolphy (tripling on alto, flute, and bass clarinet). With the assistance of pianist Richard Wyands, ...Read full review
More Oliver Nelson albums: Main Albums (37), Compilations (13)
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