Stolen Moments (8:48)

Cover of The Blues and the Abstract Truth

From The Blues and the Abstract Truth and 46 other releases

A 16-bar composition derived from the blues in C-minor.

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

The soloists are: 1. Hubbard, 2. Dolphy, 3. Nelson and 4. Evans

Recorded February 23, 1961 at the Van Gelder Studio, NJ
Originally released on the album The Blues And The Abstract Truth, Impulse! A-5, 1961


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  • jigo3392


    5 Apr 11:40pm Reply
  • Coltranes_Ghost

    Eric Dolphy's inhales just before blowing the flute are chilling. Almost ghostly. All in all a stupendous track!

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • pitrafilla

    que bueno..

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • earth_wind_etc


    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • barjuke


    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • rogerjazzfan

    Magnificent Jazz piece! No more words.

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • freetofu

    I'm not getting a singer. I'm getting a string quartet.

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • dharmanaut

    @stevienashaa, i got the track with a female vocalist, too. really lovely. no idea who she is either. maybe ranee lee? not oliver nelson. but i'll be consarned if it doesn't sound like him. if anybody figures this out, give me a shout. thanks.

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • teomama

    thanks , MM77

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • stevienashaa

    Who's that singing? She sounds great!

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    The piece first appeared as "The Stolen Moment" on the 1960 album "Trane Whistle" by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, which was largely written and co-arranged by Oliver Nelson. It was not marked out as anything special, in fact the covernotes only mention that the trumpet solo is by Bob Bryant and that Eric Dolphy's bass clarinet can be heard briefly on the closing. However, in the liner notes to Eric Dolphy: The Complete Prestige Recordings, Bill Kirchner states that this incorrectly credits Dolphy with playing what's actually the baritone saxophone of George Barrow, with Dolphy's contribution to the piece being the 2nd alto behind Nelson. Its first well-known recording was the version on Nelson's own 1961 album The Blues and the Abstract Truth. Nelson's solo on this version contains "possibly the most famous" use of the augmented scale in jazz. >> Frank Zappa also covered the song on the "Broadway the Hard Way" album.

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • PurplePostRock

    Beautiful song ❤ •♪♫•*¨*• .♬

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • fergalmc

    Dolphy Magic.

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • amShu


    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Im2Jazzy4U

    thanks to bobgreen for mentioning this gem to me...vinyl available @ amazon...only $70

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    This IS Oliver Nelson and it's very very cool

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • dilgreen

    This is NOT Oliver Nelson, that's for sure

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • stkyfngz

    Awesome version! who da hell is performing it?

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • appidydafoo


    27 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Clariano

    Thats better

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
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