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Oliver Nelson

Oliver Nelson needs to be reconsidered by music listeners for what he was - one of the most significant jazz voices of his generation, and an important big band composer and arranger of the 1960s. Perhaps the skill he mastered most keenly was his ability to turn listeners on. As difficult as his music might have been to play, and as hard as it is to analyze, it is extremely easy to listen to.

Born June 4, 1932 in St. Louis, Oliver Nelson came from a musical family: His brother played saxophone with Cootie Williams in the Forties, and his sister was a singer-pianist. Nelson himself began piano studies at age six and saxophone at eleven. In the late ‘40’s he played in various territory bands and then spent 1950-51 with Louis Jordan’s big band. After two years in a Marine Corps ensemble, he returned to St. Louis to study composition and theory at both Washington and Lincoln universities.

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Albums

Musical Tribute to JFK: The Kennedy Dream
Musical Tribute to...
Impulse!
2009
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Oliver Nelson: The Argo, Verve and Impulse Big Band Studio Sessions
Oliver Nelson: The...
Mosaic Records
2007
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Full Nelson
Full Nelson
Verve Music Group
2006
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Screamin' the Blues
Screamin' the Blues
Prestige Records
2006
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Skull Session
Skull Session
Bluebird/Legacy
2002
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Swiss Suite
Swiss Suite
RCA Victor
2001
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