Oliver Nelson - Screamin' The Blues Vinyl LP
Oliver Nelson Screamin' The Blues on LP
2014 Reissue Campaign Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Prestige Records and the 90th Birthday of Legendary Recording Engineer Rudy Van Gelder
Prestige Records is one most revered Jazz labels in the world with countless all-time Jazz classics recorded on the imprint. Like several other prominent Jazz producers of the fifties, Prestige founder Bob Weinstock started out as a traditional Jazz fan but soon found himself standing at the cutting edge of “Modern Jazz.”
Weinstock launched his own label - originally called New Jazz, soon renamed Prestige - in 1949 and, during the next decade, recorded such giants as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, and the Modern Jazz Quartet, often in informal "blowing" sessions.
By the late fifties Prestige had become the leading purveyor of Soul Jazz (also known as Acid Jazz) with its recordings of Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Charles Earland, and others.
Prestige became part of the Fantasy group of labels in 1972, and since Concord Music Group's acquisition of Fantasy in 2004 it has been a flagship label in their ongoing Jazz reissues program. In early 2006, Concord launched the critically acclaimed Rudy Van Gelder Remasters series – a collection of reissues of some of the most iconic albums in the Prestige catalog, carefully remastered from the original analog master tapes with 24-bit digital technology by the legendary and original recording engineer, Rudy Van Gelder. Commemorating the 65th anniversary of Prestige in 2014, Concord Music Group will reissue sixteen classic recordings on vinyl.
Posterity remembers Oliver Nelson primarily as an arranger/conductor. When he first began to attract attention with a series of albums for Prestige and its subsidiaries, however, Nelson was hailed as a versatile leader of small groups and a composer/instrumentalist who could refresh the music’s traditional verities while also looking ahead.
There is no better showcase for these skills among his initial sessions than 1960's Screamin’ the Blues, a rousing set of funky modernism interpreted by a sextet of players who shared Nelson’s allegiance to both virtuosity and vision.
The pairing of saxophonist Eric Dolphy with Nelson was particularly inspired as both men were adept on more than one instrument, and allowed this sextet to create an uncommon diversity of colors.
Oliver Nelson (tenor & alto saxophone)
Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet & flute)
Richard Wyands (piano)
Richard Williams (trumpet)
George Duvivier (bass)
Roy Haynes (drums)
Oliver Nelson Screamin' The Blues Track Listing:
1. Screamin' The Blues
2. March On, March On
3. The Drive
4. The Meetin'
5. Three Seconds
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