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Oliver Nelson

Oliver Edward Nelson (June 4, 1932 – October 28, 1975) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, and bandleader. He is perhaps best remembered for his 1961 Impulse! album The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1960), often regarded as being among the most significant recordings of its era. The centerpiece of the album is the definitive version of Nelson's composition, "Stolen Moments". Other important recordings from the early 1960s are More Blues and the Abstract Truth and Sound Pieces, both also on Impulse!.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 4th, 1932 (St. Louis), Died October 28th, 1975 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 81121 6/5/1951 If you so smart, how come you ain't rich ? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81122 6/5/1951 Trust in me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81123 6/5/1951 Louisville Lodge meeting Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81124 6/5/1951 How blue can you get ? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81125 6/5/1951 Happy birthday boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81148 6/13/1951 May every day be Christmas Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81149 6/13/1951 Please don't leave me-1 Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81150 6/13/1951 Bone dry Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81151 6/13/1951 I love that kinda carryin' on Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81152 6/13/1951 Three handed woman Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81153 6/13/1951 Fat Sam from Birmingham Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81321 7/30/1951 Cock-a-doodle doo Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81322 7/30/1951 Garmoochie Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81323 7/30/1951 There must be a way Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81908 11/28/1951 Come and get it Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81909 11/28/1951 Stop makin' music Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81910 11/28/1951 Slow down Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81911 11/28/1951 Work baby work Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81913 11/28/1951 All of me Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81914 11/28/1951 There goes my heart Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nelson, Oliver," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333607.

Nelson, Oliver. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333607.

"Nelson, Oliver." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333607

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