Blues and the Abstract Truth: Take 2

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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: 724101203527
  • Catalog Number: 2003
  • Sales rank: 194,856

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stolen Moments (7:03)
  2. 2 Hoe Down (4:47)
  3. 3 Cascades (4:52)
  4. 4 Yearnin' (7:05)
  5. 5 Butch and Butch (4:40)
  6. 6 Teenie's Blues (6:25)
  7. 7 Port Authority (6:28)
  8. 8 Mary Lou's Blues (7:15)
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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, Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excelent

    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.

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