Wednesday, April 20

Straight Ahead - Oliver Nelson With Eric Dolphy (1961)

"A very interesting quintet set, Straight Ahead matches together Oliver Nelson (on alto and tenor) and Eric Dolphy (tripling on alto, flute, and bass clarinet). With the assistance of pianist Richard Wyands, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Roy Haynes, the two reedmen battle it out on six compositions (five of Nelson's originals plus Milt Jackson's 'Ralph's New Blues.' Although none of Nelson's tunes caught on, this is a pretty memorable date. It certainly took a lot of courage for Oliver Nelson to share the front line with the colorful Eric Dolphy, but his own strong musical personality holds its own on this straight-ahead date."
Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy Straight Ahead (1961) Esquire
YouTube: Straight Ahead, Six And Four, Mama Lou, 111-44, Images, Ralph's New Blues

2013 August: Out to Lunch! (1964), 2014 October: Outward Bound (1960), 2015 November: Eric Dolphy His Life and Art, 2016 February: Outward Bound (1960)