Blues and the Abstract Truth: Take 2

Blues and the Abstract Truth: Take 2

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by Bill Cunliffe
     
 

Bill Cunliffe was invited to do an updated arrangement of Oliver Nelson's landmark album Blues and the Abstract Truth, a tough challenge, given Nelson's superb charts and the numerous all-stars he had on the 1961 session (pianist Bill Evans, alto saxophonist/flautist Eric Dolphy, and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard in the front line).…  See more details below

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Bill Cunliffe was invited to do an updated arrangement of Oliver Nelson's landmark album Blues and the Abstract Truth, a tough challenge, given Nelson's superb charts and the numerous all-stars he had on the 1961 session (pianist Bill Evans, alto saxophonist/flautist Eric Dolphy, and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard in the front line). But the pianist tweaked each of the pieces just a bit, altered some of the instrumentation (a trombone replaces baritone sax, while soprano sax is added on some tracks), while also making subtle rhythmic changes at times. "Stolen Moments" has long since become a jazz standard and it is tough to measure up to Nelson's second version (he scored an earlier one for a big band led by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis), since Dolphy (on flute), Evans and Nelson laid down such superb solos. But Andy Martin's vocal-like trombone is a highlight, even if Cunliffe doesn't try to compete with Evans' work. Trumpeter Terell Stafford and Andy Martin burn in the playful "Hoe Down," while tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard wails in "Yearnin'." The closing two songs are originals by Cunliffe that are in the spirit of Nelson (who died at age 43 of a heart attack in 1975). Tribute albums are always difficult, as they aren't intended to replace the recordings they honor, but Bill Cunliffe has easily achieved his goal on this rewarding CD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Resonance Records
UPC:
0724101203527
catalogNumber:
2003
Rank:
282632

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Cunliffe   Primary Artist,Piano
Bob Sheppard   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Clayton   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Andy Martin   Trombone
Terell Stafford   Trumpet,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Tom Warrington   Bass
Brian Scanlon   Alto Saxophone
Mark Ferber   Drums
Brian Scanton   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Oliver Nelson   Composer
Bill Cunliffe   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
George Klabin   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kirk Silsbee   Liner Notes
Pierre Paul   Engineer

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Blues and the Abstract Truth: Take 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guilleneda More than 1 year ago
I heard an interview and parts of the record on the jazz radio in Miami (NPR) and instantly liked it. Now I like all of it.