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Skull Session

Oliver Nelson

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Album Review

For this interesting session, Oliver Nelson (who wrote and arranged all eight numbers) utilizes electric keyboards and rock and funk rhythms in what is still a big-band jazz date. The electronics tend to sound a bit dated but Nelson plays well and his arrangements (particularly for "One for Duke," "Dumpy Mama," and "Flight for Freedom") are generally colorful.


Born: 04 June 1932 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Oliver Nelson was a distinctive soloist on alto, tenor, and even soprano, but his writing eventually overshadowed his playing skills. He became a professional early on in 1947, playing with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra and with St. Louis big bands headed by George Hudson and Nat Towles. In 1951, he arranged and played second alto for Louis Jordan's big band, and followed with a period in the Navy and four years at a university. After moving to New York, Nelson worked briefly with Erskine Hawkins,...
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