Oliver Nelson - Blues And The Abstract Truth


Impulse (Acoustic Sounds Series)



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AIMP 42801
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP  

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Acoustic Sounds Series reissues from Verve/Universal Music Enterprises!

Monthly releases highlighting the world's most historic and best jazz records!

Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes

180-gram LPs pressed at Quality Record Pressings!

Stoughton Printing gatefold old-style tip-on jackets

Series supervised by Chad Kassem CEO of Acoustic Sounds

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"Another superb release from the Acoustic Sounds Series of reissues for Verve/Universal Music Enterprises! Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, supervised by Chad Kassem himself, and pressed at QRP, the results are simply breathtaking. ... Along with the Gil Evans Out of the Cool release, this is my favorite reissue so far. Bravo to Chad and his entire team. Originally released on the Impulse label in 1965, this is truly a jazz classic and without question this is Oliver Nelson's magnum opus." — Read Robert S. Youman's review for Positive Feedback online here.

"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

Here we go with another round from the Acoustic Sounds Series. Seeking to offer definitive audiophile grade versions of some of the most historic and best jazz records ever recorded, Verve Label Group and Universal Music Enterprises' audiophile Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series utilizes the skills of top mastering engineers and the unsurpassed production craft of Quality Record Pressings. All titles are mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged by Stoughton Printing Co. in high-quality gatefold sleeves with tip-on jackets. The releases are supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, the world's largest source for audiophile recordings.

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


Side A
1. Stolen Moments
2. Hoe-Down
3. Cascades

Side B
1. Yearnin'
2. Butch And Butch
3. Teenie's Blues

Customer Reviews (4.73 Stars) 11 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 11/28/2021
5 Stars
This album sounds amazing, I really can’t imagine anything even a 45 sounding better than this. I love the acoustic sound series!

great in every way

posted on 08/04/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bob Henneberger
RKS is becoming my favorite mastering engineer, with this lp mastered at sterling sound pressed and plated by gary salstrom at QRP you know you are getting top notch quality, This reissue checks all the boxes, for 35 $ you get the best jacket /artwork you get AAA cut from sterling ,and you get the definitve version of this record,,, pressed at the best pressing plant,, . Keep up the good work ANALOG Productions,,


posted on 08/04/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Many Moons Audio
This album sounds fantastic and the music is fantastic! Nuff said!


posted on 07/29/2021
5 Stars
Wow! This is one of the best Mastered Albums I have ever heard! This album is Perfect in every way! Fantastic! Great Pressing, Quiet and flat... QRP does it again! Highly recommended!

Stunning must-have pressing

posted on 07/17/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ben T.
I am blown away by this release. I’ve been listening to this album for decades, though never before on vinyl. It’s one of the best albums of all time, and to my ear they’ve done a perfect job with the mastering and pressing. The sound is full of pop and power, yet every instrument is crystal clear.


posted on 07/09/2021
5 Stars
This is one of the best sounding records I've heard in a long time. Incredible session and mastering job. I've also purchased all of the Blue Note Classic Vinyl series and to my ears this as good as the best of those.


posted on 07/03/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ken
This is one of the best Jazz Albums I own. Sonically and musically it’s complex enough in its diversity to keep my attention with each song changing up the pace. Buy now or cry later as Chad would say

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