Oliver Nelson

Soulful Brass #2

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A second meeting between keyboardist Steve Allen and arranger/composer Oliver Nelson once again attempted to blend elements of jazz and rock. Although more successful then their earlier meeting on Impulse (Soulful Brass), these studio sessions have some of the same handicaps: often weak, unsuitable material for jazz fans ("Everyday People," "Son of a Preacher Man," and "Games People Play") and the instantly dated sound of Allen's Rock-Si-Chord (a wimpy electric harpsichord, though thankfully, it isn't used throughout the album). Valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer's solo in a sharp Nelson treatment of "Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero (The More I Love You)" and tenor saxophonist John Klemmer's furious contribution to Nelson's "New Dance" aside, there seems to be little incentive to search for this record.