Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Oliver Nelson - Sound Pieces

This CD reissue features Oliver Nelson in two very different settings. Although best-known as an altoist and a tenor-saxophonist, Nelson sticks exclusively to soprano throughout the set. He leads a 20-piece big band on three of his compositions which, although interesting, are not overly memorable. Best are five other numbers (two of which were originally issued on the record Three Dimensions) that showcase Nelson's soprano playing with a quartet also includes pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist Ron Carter and drumer Grady Tate. Although one would not think of Nelson as a soprano stylist, his strong playing actually put him near the top of his field on such numbers as "The Shadow Of Your Smile," "Straight No Chaser" and his own "Patterns." - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Oliver Nelson
Album: Sound Pieces
Year: 1966
Label: GRP (1991)
Total time: 54:59

Tracks:
1.  Sound Pieces For Jazz Orchestra (Oliver Nelson) 9:40
2.  Flute Salad (Oliver Nelson) 2:47
3.  The Lady From Girl Talk (Oliver Nelson) 4:55
4.  The Shadow Of Your Smile (Johnny Mandel/Paul Francis Webster) 9:44
5.  Patterns (Oliver Nelson) 6:19
6.  Elegy For A Duck (Oliver Nelson) 6:23
7.  Straight No Chaser (Thelonius Monk) 9:10
8.  Example 78 (Oliver Nelson) 6:01

Personnel:
Oliver Nelson (Soprano Saxophone)
Gabe Baltazar (Reeds) - 1-3
Bill Green (Reeds) - 1-3
Bill Perkins (Reeds) - 1-3
Plas Johnson (Reeds) - 1-3
Jack Nimitz (Reeds) - 1-3
John Audino (Trumpet) - 1
Ollie Mitchell (Trumpet) - 1
Conte Candoli (Trumpet) - 1
Bobby Bryant (Trumpet) - 1
Al Porcino (Trumpet) - 2,3
Richard Leith (Trombone) - 1
Mike Barone (Trombone) - 1
Ernie Tack (Trombone) - 1
Dick Noel (Trombone) - 1
Bill Bryers (Trombone) - 2,3
Bill Hinshaw (French Horn) - 1-3
Richard Perissi (French Horn) - 1-3
Red Callender (Tuba) - 1-3
Mike Melvoin (Piano) - 1-3
Ray Brown (Double Bass) - 1-3
Shelly Manne (Drums) - 1-3
Steve Khun (Piano) - 4-8
Ron Carter (Double Bass) - 4-8
Grady Tate (Drums) - 4-8

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