The Blues and the Abstract Truth is a jazz album by American jazz saxophonist Oliver Nelson recorded in February 1961. The album is an exploration of the mood and structure of the blues.
As Oliver Nelson is known primarily as a big band leader and arranger, he is lesser known as a saxophonist and organizer of small ensembles. Blues and the Abstract Truth is his triumph as a musician for the aspects of not only defining the sound of an era with his all-time classic “Stolen Moments,” but on this recording, assembling one of the most potent modern jazz sextets ever.
Featuring Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson (composer), Freddie Hubbard, Paul Chambers, Roy Haynes.
Original Impulse! Label. Original Issue. Impulse! A 5 1961 NM*****