Mar 22, 2012

Oliver Nelson - Stolen Moments


barabara sounds sez:
Such a great composition deserves a whole album named after it. Maybe this version isn't quite up there with the all-time classic track on the much better known Blues and... album, but it's still one of the great tracks. The rest of the album is none too shabby either. No matter how it's spelled, Yeanin' [sic] is great — and the cut-down speeded-up Straight No Chaser is just brilliant. With nine in the aggregation it feels like a stripped-down big-band, but at the same time it's anchored squarely in contemporary mode by the electric rhythm section.


dusty sez:
One of the last sessions Oliver Nelson cut, recorded in the mid 70s for the Japanese East Wind label, and one of our favorites, a nice soul jazz sleeper. The band includes Bobby Bryant, Jerome Richardson, Mike Wofford, and Shelly Manne, with a nice 6 piece front line, so the horn parts sound nice & full. The rhythm section features electric piano and bass, so the sound is a bit more modern, but we love the readings they do of classics like Nelson's "Stolen Moments" and there's a great groover kicking off the second side, "Mission Accomplished".


personnel:
Oliver Nelson alto sax; Jack Nimitz baritone sax; Jerome Richardson soprano sax, flute; Buddy Collette, Bobby Bryant Jr. tenor sax, flute; Bobby Bryant trumpet, flugelhorn; Mike Wofford piano; Chuck Domanico bass; Shelly Manne drums

tracks:
Stolen Moments; St. Thomas; Three Seconds; Mission Accomplished; Midnight Blue;  Yeanin' [yes it's misspelt]; Straight No Chaser.

blurb:
While it was also issued on the Inner City label in the US, this is from the East Wind imprint . Whichever way, even the CD still appears to be OOP. Ish posted a rip several years back on the one and only (and now both late and lamented) Ile Oxumare. Just in case anyone overlooked it there...

16 comments:

taro nombei said...

This one's for Ish — with much appreciation for all the sounds you shared with us!

http://www.mediafire.com/?xsxlvmbbyx82iis

the jazzstronaut said...

Thanks TN, definitely one of the great jazz composition...Mark Murphy's version does it for me all the time. I second the appreciation of Ish too...super guy!

Simon666 said...

Thanks TN, love this album, nice to get an upgrade :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I look forward to listening to it. An earlier version of the tune "Three Seconds" is on his Prestige album "Screamin' the Blues" (featuring Eric Dolphy) and an earlier version of "Midnight Blue" (featuring Ben Webster) in on his Impulse album "More Blues and the Abstract Truth."

taro nombei said...

@ the jazzstronaut
Yes, I rate the MM version too. In fact it's fair to say he absolutely nails it.

@Simon666
cheers, Simon. Hope all's good with you.

@anon
Indeed, both excellent albums. Enjoy these versions too!

boogieman said...

Thanks Taro Nombei.
I second your tribute to Ish. We've lost some great blogs recently.
Luckily ypu're still here!
Cheers

feelingofjaz said...

Looking very great...Oliver penned a number of classics.

Flabbergast said...

Thanks for this!!

Miles said...

agreed that particular performances on this outing can't be compared to the originals, or even with mark murphy's take on the title track, but it's an interesting date nevertheless, and thanks for sharing it. haven't heard it in years.

DonHo57 said...

My first stop at your fine place, and all because I saw Oliver Nelson's name. Thanks, as this is a fine outing by some of my favorite jazz musicians. I agree maybe not up to earlier versions of some pieces, but altogether nice to have and hear.

bongo hito said...

Although I've had this for many years I had to stop by and give a huge thumbs up.

Drop me a line about a supposed future East Wind share.

Until then.

Cheers,
Bongo

Philo said...

This is great! I am really enjoying the music. Thank you.

duck said...

Many thanks for this Oliver Nelson post. It is new for me.

stringbender said...

Unfortunately, the link is down. Is there any chance you might re-up this great CD? Many thanks in any case.

taro nombei said...

@stringbender
I'll try to get to this soon. If I can track down the album that is.
Thanks for checking in and letting me know!
all the best…

taro nombei said...

finally. 大変お待たせ…
re-upped and ready (for a few moments) to be stolen…

http://www.mediafire.com/download/j2han8q41h78kdy/ON-SM.zip

enjoy.