On this day in 1961 Oliver Nelson was in Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Englewood Cliffs New Jersey recording The Blues and the Abstract Truth for impulse. Nelson played alto and tenor saxophone and was joined by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, George Barrow on baritone and Eric Dolphy on flute and alto sax, while the rhythm section was pianist Bill Evans, Paul Chambers on bass and drummer Roy Haynes on bass. Could it get any better?
Arranged by Nelson, The Blues and The Abstract Truth became impulse AS-5, the label’s fifth release. The album includes another strong song, the sublime, Stolen Moments. Unlike Ray Charles’s ‘One Mint Julip’ it did not chart, but still got extensive radio play that helped promote the sales of this superb record.
If you check out nothing else then listen to ‘Stolen Moments”, you’ll swear its always been part of your life after just one hearing.