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Here’s a well constructed energetic album by Oliver Nelson and company. Nelson again and he does in many of his album, plays both the Tenor and Flute. “Main Stem” will excite all the Jazz Con Class listeners and will put a smile on their face. I recommend to raise the volume of your speakers to get the full effect. Joe Newman is great on the trumpet and my next featured album will be one of his. Check the schedule link for play times, enjoy!

About the album:

Unlike most of Oliver Nelson’s recordings, this one has the feel of a jam session. A CD reissue of a Prestige set, Nelson (on tenor and alto) teams up with trumpeter Joe Newman (in exciting form), pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier, drummer Charlie Persip and Ray Barretto on congas for two superior standards (“Mainstem” and “Tangerine”) and four of Nelson’s more basic originals. The spirited solos of Nelson and Newman are strong reasons to get this colorful session……..Read More

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Oliver Nelson was really known more for his arranging and composing but was never truly worshiped enough for his ability to master the tenor. He had his own distinct, precise and sweet sound that could get into your soul. His special sound seems to make one feel like they are in some dream-like state. This 1960 album, “Taking Care of Business” will take you there for certain but could be more of a testament of how bluesy Oliver Nelson’s sound really was. Every Jazz collection should consist of a “healthy” dose of Oliver Nelson, what a genius! Check the schedule link for play times.

About the album:

This special collector’s edition is digitally remastered from original analog master tapes. Oliver Nelson would gain his greatest fame later in his short life as an arranger/composer but this superior session puts the emphasis on his distinctive tenor and alto playing. In a slightly unusual group (with vibraphonist Lem Winchester, organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith, bassist George Tucker and drummer Roy Haynes), Nelson improvises a variety of well-constructed but spontaneous solos; his unaccompanied spots on “All the Way” and his hard-charging playing on the medium-tempo blues “Groove” are two of the many highpoints……….Read More

Every time these two geniuses worked together to record an album, a masterpiece was created. Their two distinctive fireworks type sounds work perfect! It’s hard though, for two heavy improvisers like Oliver Nelson and especially Eric Dolphy to pull it out make it work because of their domineering sounds but no problem. This is an outstanding’ unique Hard Bop album. Both artists played multiple instruments throughout, in this 1961 album “Straight Ahead” and which will be featured exclusively here on Jazz Con Class for a couple weeks. Afterwards it will be dropped inside the “Hard Bop” Playlist, meanwhile check the schedule link for play times, only the best for the listeners here, enjoy!

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Straight Ahead is a jazz studio album by saxophonist Oliver Nelson. It features acclaimed musicians such as Eric Dolphy on sax, clarinet and flute (his last appearance on a Nelson album following a series of collaborations recorded for Prestige), and Roy Haynes on drums. It was recorded in March 1961 at the celebrated Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs. All the pieces were first takes; Joe Goldberg recalls: “The session was scheduled for one in the afternoon and I arrived at 3:30, thinking that by then the music would have been rehearsed and the men would be starting to play. What I found was a studio empty of everyone but…..Learn More

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Oliver Nelson needs to be reconsidered by music listeners for what he was – one of the most significant jazz voices of his generation, and an important big band composer and arranger of the 1960s. Perhaps the skill he mastered most keenly was his ability to turn listeners on. As difficult as his music might have been to play, and as hard as it is to analyze, it is extremely easy to listen to.

Born June 4, 1932 in St. Louis, Oliver Nelson came from a musical family: His brother played saxophone with Cootie Williams in the Forties, and his sister was a singer- pianist. Nelson himself

began piano studies at age six and saxophone at eleven. In the late ‘40’s he played in various territory bands and then spent 1950-51 with Louis Jordan’s big band. After two years in a Marine Corps ensemble, he returned to St. Louis to study composition and theory at both Washington and Lincoln universities.

After graduation in 1958, Nelson moved to New York and played with Erskine Hawkins, Wild Bill Davis, and Louie Bellson. He also became the house arranger for the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Though he began recording as a leader in 1959, Nelson’s breakthrough came in 1961 with…..Learn More

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