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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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Discography

Screamin' the Blues

Screamin' the Blues

Prestige 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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Straight Ahead

Straight Ahead

Fantasy Jazz
2003

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