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Album Review

An interesting, if somewhat low-key, session from 1960 with alto saxophonist Oliver Nelson working alongside vibist Lem Winchester doing straight-ahead and soul jazz material. Winchester plays in a rangy, effective, subdued manner, with Nelson and pianist Richard Wynands generating what sparks do erupt. Bassist George Duvivier and drummer Roy Haynes, usually a fiery type, also seemed to team so smoothly that they didn't push the beat.

Biography

Born: June 4, 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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Nocturne, Oliver Nelson
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Jan 01, 1960

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