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Oliver Nelson arranged music for Nancy Wilson, James Brown, and Diana Ross, and toured and recorded with Eric Dolphy, Quincy Jones, and Bill Evans. Nelson recorded his best-known album, Blues and the Abstract Truth, in 1961, Other albums include The Blues and the Abstract Truth, Screamin' the Blues, and Afro/American Sketches.

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3-2-1-0 - Oliver Nelson Artist's Rightful Place, The (aka Patterns for Orchestra) - Oliver Nelson Back Woods - Oliver Nelson
3-2-1-0 - Oliver Nelson
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Back Woods - Oliver Nelson
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As recorded on the brilliant recording "A Dream Deferred" (Flying Dutchman CYL2-1449), by the Oliver Nelson Orchestra. Also known as Patterns For Orchestra (as recorded on the Verve jazz masters 48 CD), this is one of Nelson's very interesting charts.  There may not be a more beautiful ballad anywhere in jazz ensemble literature.
Ballad for Benny - Oliver Nelson Black, Brown and Beautiful - Oliver Nelson Blues And The Abstract Truth - Oliver Nelson
 Oliver Nelson wrote the most beautiful melodies! This is a clarinet feature (how about that?), and was recorded by Phil Woods and the Oliver Nelson's Jazz Interactions Orchestra (hear it on the Verve Jazz Masters 48 CD).  This chart is recorded by Oliver Nelson on the recording titled Black, Brown and Beautiful.  This chart is the exact, original one that Oliver Nelson wrote for his terrific recording More Blues and the Abstract Truth.
Checkpoint Charlie (Edited) - Edited by Bob Curnow Checkpoint Charlie (Pro) - Oliver Nelson Critic's Choice - Oliver Nelson
  Full of up-tempo energy, Oliver masterfully intertwines the melody in the saxophones with counter-lines from the brass to create an incredible tapestry of sound.   Full of up-tempo energy, Oliver masterfully intertwines the melody in the saxophones with counter-lines from the brass to create an incredible tapestry of sound.  Here is a terrific medium-tempo shuffle chart that the Buddy Rich Band played all the time.
Cyclops - arr. Oliver Nelson Daylie's Double - Oliver Nelson Down By The Riverside - arr. Oliver Nelson
Cyclops - arr. Oliver Nelson
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Originally recorded by Cannonball Adderley on his album Domination, "Cyclops" is one of those charts that will make your audiences bob their heads and tap their feet.  Oliver had a great feel for the funky jazz style which was so popular.  There has been an illegal lift of this chart available before, but this chart is the exact, original one that Oliver Nelson wrote for his terrific L.
Early Morning (African Sunrise) - Oliver Nelson Emancipation Blues - Oliver Nelson Empty Ballroom  Blues - arr. Oliver Nelson
 As recorded on the brilliant CD Afrique, by the Count Basie Orchestra, this lovely piece features piano and/or tenor sax (or whomever) in a medium-slow, lilting 12/8 feel.  This chart is recorded by the Oliver Nelson Orchestra on the Afro-American Sketches (Prestige CD).  Nelson wrote an album for Johnny Hodges (Black, Brown and Beautiful, RCA) featuring the compositions of Duke Ellington and also some of his original things.
Flute Salad - Oliver Nelson Full Nelson - Oliver Nelson Gon Gong - arr. Oliver Nelson
Flute Salad - Oliver Nelson
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Full Nelson - Oliver Nelson
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Gon Gong - arr. Oliver Nelson
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An easy swing chart which was originally written for 4 flutes and bass clarinet in the woodwind section.  This chart was originally included in the Full Nelson album and then the Jazz Masters 48: Oliver Nelson CD.  Oliver Nelson delivers great arrangement after great arrangement, and this one is no exception! A quick, uptempo swing tune, "Gon Gong" is the perfect "opener" for any program.
Greensleeves - arr. Oliver Nelson Groove - Oliver Nelson Hobo Flats - Oliver Nelson
Groove - Oliver Nelson
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Hobo Flats - Oliver Nelson
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 This piece was taken from Nelson's original score.  Oliver Nelson wrote this one for the Maynard Ferguson Band Library.  As recorded on the brilliant CD "Afrique" by the Count Basie Orchestra, this chart was originally written for a Jimmy Smith album.
Hoe Down - Oliver Nelson I Hope In Time A Change Will Come (long v.) - Oliver Nelson / arr. Curnow I Hope In Time Change Will Come - Oliver Nelson
Hoe Down - Oliver Nelson
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 This piece was taken from Nelson's original score.  This arrangement of "I Hope In Time a Change Will Come" came about through a desire to hear/play more than one chorus of this stunningly beautiful melody by Oliver Nelson.  As recorded on the brilliant recording "A Dream Deferred" (Flying Dutchman CYL2-1449), by the Oliver Nelson Orchestra.
I Worship You - Cole Porter / arr. Oliver Nelson In A Mellow Tone - arr. Oliver Nelson It's Glory - arr. Oliver Nelson
 This arrangement by Oliver Nelson is a gorgeous alto saxophone feature of Cole Porter's "I Worship You.  When the Buddy Rich Band played this chart, everyone loved it! Oliver Nelson takes this terrific Duke Ellington tune to another level.  Nelson wrote an album for Johnny Hodges (Black, Brown and Beautiful, RCA) featuring the compositions of Duke Ellington and also some of his original things.
J&B (Edited) - Oliver Nelson / arr. Curnow J&B (Pro) - Oliver Nelson / arr. Curnow Jada - arr. Oliver Nelson
Jada - arr. Oliver Nelson
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 This Oliver Nelson melody was originally recorded with a small group.  This Oliver Nelson melody was originally recorded with a small group.  This chart is the exact, original one that Oliver Nelson wrote for his terrific L.
Jazz Bug (big band v.) - arr. Bob Curnow Jazz Bug (small band v.) - Oliver Nelson Miss Fine - Oliver Nelson
Miss Fine - Oliver Nelson
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 This is another great Oliver Nelson chart (it swings like crazy!).  This is another great Oliver Nelson chart (it swings like crazy!).  This piece was taken from Nelson's original score.
Penthouse Dawn, A - Oliver Nelson Relative Calm, A - Oliver Nelson Self Help Is Needed - Oliver Nelson
 Oliver Nelson wrote the most beautiful melodies!! This is an alto saxophone feature and was recorded by Phil Woods and the Jazz Interactions Orchestra in 1967 (hear it on the Verve Jazz Masters 48 CD).    "(A) Relative Calm" is a beautiful ballad that features trumpet throughout.  Here is a great blend of swing and Latin, done in the inimitable style of Oliver Nelson.
Shake a Lady - arr. Oliver Nelson Sound Piece for Jazz Orchestra - Oliver Nelson St. Louis Blues - arr. Oliver Nelson
 New York-style Latin is the foundation for this infectious groove and catchy melody. Oliver Nelson's arrangement of "Shake A Lady" is a great chart that will cause your band's heads to sway and your audiences to want to clap along. Originally recorded by Cannonball Adderley on his album Domination, this chart is packed with groove and fun!  This is a magnificent, three-movement work which, when written, redefined big band scoring.  Exactly as recorded by Oliver Nelson's Orchestra and featuring Joe Newman on trumpet.
Step Right Up - Oliver Nelson Stolen Moments - Oliver Nelson Yearnin' - Oliver Nelson
Step Right Up - Oliver Nelson
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Yearnin' - Oliver Nelson
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 As recorded on the brilliant CD Afrique, by the Count Basie Orchestra, and also (in another form) by the Buddy Rich Band on the CD Swingin' New Big Band.  This, of course, is Oliver Nelson's best known jazz standard.  This piece is the ORIGINAL chart done by Oliver Nelson.
You Love But Once - Oliver Nelson
 There may not be a more beautiful ballad anywhere in jazz ensemble literature.