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Straight Ahead

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Six And Four
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Mama Lou
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Ralph's New Blues
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Straight Ahead
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 37:10

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While driving across the Bay Bridge and listening to KCSM-FM, Six and Four tore my head off! I nearly had to stop the car. The combination of Nelson and Dolphy is a fantastic one: evidenced by The Blues and the Abstract Truth. I had never heard this date before; I may hear it 100 times before the month is out.

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This CD reissue brings back a very interesting quintet set matching 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. – Scott Yanow

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