Oliver Nelson - Blues and the Abstract Truth


Analogue Productions



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Analogue Productions Ultra Tape reel-to-reel reissues!

Sourced from original master tapes

Transferred using ATR-modified Ampex Tape Machine with flux magnetic heads

Custom slipcase cover - highest quality tape reissue!

From Acoustic Sounds, Inc., the world leader in audiophile music sales, comes the highest quality analog reel-to-reel tape album reissues - Analogue Productions Ultra Tape!

From Analogue Productions comes another classic title in our Ultra Tape reel-to-reel album reissue series. Each is a 15 ips, ¼-inch analog tape copy (IEC equalization) sourced from a copy of the original analog master tape. Transferred real-time, using an ATR-modified Ampex Tape Machine with flux magnetic heads. Custom slipcase cover.

"The Blues and the Abstract Truth is one of my favorite jazz recordings. What a group of heavy-weight performers! Besides Oliver Nelson on tenor sax, you've got the incomparable Bill Evans on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Paul Chambers on bass, Roy Haynes on drums, and Eric Dolphy on flute and alto sax. This is the jazz equivalent of a super-group." — Jim Hannon, AVguide.com

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. Lead trumpeter Freddie Hubbard is at his peak of performance, while alto saxophonists Nelson and Eric Dolphy (Nelson doubling on tenor) team to for an unlikely union that was simmered to perfection. Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Roy Haynes (drums) can do no wrong as a rhythm section. 

Originally released in 1961.

Oliver Nelson, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
George Barrow, baritone saxophone
Paul Chambers, bass
Eric Dolphy, flute, alto saxophone
Bill Evans, piano
Roy Haynes, drums
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet

1. Stolen Moments
2. Hoe-Down
3. Cascades
4. Yearnin'
5. Butch And Butch
6. Teenie's Blues

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

What else can be said? Viva UltraTape!

posted on 06/21/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: JeffersonDD
Let me preface this by saying I consider myself an “experienced” audiophile, whatever that means:). I’m also well accustomed to master tapes from various genres and sources, including the tape project, Delmark, IPI, “Ebay masters” etc. I know what good music sounds like and what digitized shit recorded to tape sounds like too (unfortunately… we all learn along the way).

I’d only heard the 45 RPM version from the impulse reissues; which along with most Impulse titles were well done and allowed me to really experience the album as a late bloomer to Oliver Nelson. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, and I’d doubted I’d ever hear any vendor put the time and care into a product on the same level as TPP.

Well. It’s the best I’ve heard, period. fullness / imaging / dynamics, no compromise sound. They truly wring every nuance from the 3T master.

Packaging is best I’ve seen for any product, just gorgeous with a “master tape style” info sheet.

real sound

posted on 06/05/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Olly
Fantastically open, effortlessly solid and 'real'. The vinyl is great, but this is another level. It's a real treat listening to these tapes. Thank you Chad for putting these titles out. With the cost of quality second hand vinyl approaching the cost of new tape now, I really hope this medium looks more and more viable to a wider demographic. Really looking forward to the next installment.

Superb music, superlative medium

posted on 04/13/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Christian Mann
Wow, the order arrived today and upon opening the box I have to say that all my lofty expectations have been surpassed by a most thoughtful and considerate packaging. Great attitude and effort by the good folks at Acoustic Sounds. Then the tapes are threaded carefully and the music exude that fantastic, true, limitless sound that is the last stop to audiophile Nirvana. Highly recommended to all audiophiles and jazz lovers.

Simply the best

posted on 02/28/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Tom Caselli
If you are a jazz fan you probably have a number of versions of this album already. Give them away, you haven’t heard this album until you experience this tape. The clarity between each player allows you to hear deeper into the recording more than on any other version.

Chad and Acoustic Sounds are producing the best tape transfers of CLASSIC albums. Each release is a heirloom to be treasured, packaged in library style storage boxes. Quality and presentation is a 100 on a scale of 1 to 10. Don’t wait on ordering, buy them now before you pay $5k later.

A special mention should be made for Acoustic Sounds shipping boxes. They know how to package goods to get them to you blemish free. Their shipping box is a work of art in themselves.

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