Black, Brown and Beautiful features several Oliver Nelson performances and much of Johnny Hodge's last album, Three Shades of Blue (arranged by Oliver Nelson). Only the Hodges material is of interest. But it is glorious music, with Nelson scoring several outstanding Ellington themes and, unfortunately, some silly Leon Thomas material for Hodges' well-known and ever-emotional alto. Hodges' last recording.
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AllMusic Review by Douglas Payne