Saturday, 5 September 2009

Oliver Nelson ”Taking Care Of Business”

Oliver Nelson

Taking Care Of Business
( LP Prestige/New Jazz Records, 1960 )
Catalog # NJLP 8233
Also on Fantasy OJCCD 1784-2

1. Trane Whistle (Nelson) 9:54
2. Doxy (Rollins) 6:56
3. In Time (Nelson) 5:30
4. Lou’s Good Dues (Nelson) 6:16
5. All the Way (Cahn/VanHeusen) 7:32
6. Groove (Nelson) 6:26

Oliver Nelson - Alto & Tenor Sax
Johnny “Hammond” Smith - Organ
Lem Winchester - Vibraslap, Vibraphone
George Tucker - Bass
Roy Haynes - Drums

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 22, 1960

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. Nelson remains a vastly underrated saxophonist and all six performances on this recommended reissue (four of them his originals) are excellent.
By Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

By Pier

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