Oliver Nelson discography

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This is the discography for American jazz musician Oliver Nelson.[1][2]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year of recording Album Notes Label
1959 Meet Oliver Nelson Quintet with Kenny Dorham and Ray Bryant Prestige
1960 Taking Care of Business Quintet with Johnny "Hammond" Smith and Lem Winchester Prestige
1960 Screamin' the Blues Sextet with Eric Dolphy and Richard Williams Prestige
1960 Nocturne Quintet with Lem Winchester Moodsville
1960 Soul Battle Sextet with King Curtis and Jimmy Forrest Prestige
1961 The Blues and the Abstract Truth Septet with Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Eric Dolphy, Paul Chambers and Freddie Hubbard Impulse!
1961 Straight Ahead Quintet with Eric Dolphy Prestige
1961 Main Stem Sextet with Joe Newman Prestige
1961 Afro/American Sketches Oliver Nelson Orchestra Prestige
1962 Impressions of Phaedra Oliver Nelson Orchestra United Artists
1962-3 Full Nelson Oliver Nelson Orchestra Verve
1964 Fantabulous Oliver Nelson Orchestra Argo
1964 More Blues and the Abstract Truth Sextet/Septet/Octet arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson Impulse!
1965 Rita Reys Meets Oliver Nelson Rita Reys with Orchestra arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson Philips
1966 Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle Oliver Nelson Orchestra Impulse!
1966 Sound Pieces Oliver Nelson Orchestra/Quartet Impulse!
1966 Happenings Hank Jones and the Oliver Nelson Orchestra featuring Clark Terry Impulse!
1966 Encyclopedia of Jazz Encyclopedia of Jazz All Stars [split album] Verve
1966 The Sound of Feeling Encyclopedia of Jazz All Stars [split album] Verve
1967 The Spirit of '67 Pee Wee Russell and the Oliver Nelson Orchestra Impulse!
1967 The Kennedy Dream Oliver Nelson Orchestra Impulse!
1967 Live from Los Angeles Oliver Nelson's Big Band Impulse!
1967 Jazzhattan Suite Jazz Interactions Orchestra Verve
1968 Soulful Brass Oliver Nelson with Steve Allen Impulse!
1969 3-2-1-0 Nobuo Hara and His Sharps & Flats composed and arranged by Oliver Nelson Columbia (Japan)
1969 Black, Brown and Beautiful Oliver Nelson Orchestra Flying Dutchman
1970 Zig Zag Original Motion Picture Score MGM
1970 In Tokyo Nobuo Hara and His Sharps & Flats and Oliver Nelson Columbia (Japan)
1970 Berlin Dialogue for Orchestra Oliver Nelson and the "Berlin Dreamband" Flying Dutchman
1971 Swiss Suite Oliver Nelson Orchestra featuring Gato Barbieri and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Flying Dutchman
1974 Oliver Edward Nelson in London with Oily Rags Oliver Nelson with Oily Rags Flying Dutchman
1975 Skull Session Oliver Nelson Flying Dutchman
1975 Stolen Moments Oliver Nelson East Wind


  • A Dream Deferred (Flying Dutchman 1969-75 [1976]) – Selections from Flying Dutchman albums + 2 previously unreleased tracks
  • Back Talk (Chess, 1964 [1976]) with Lou Donaldson – Compilation of Argo & Cadet LPs Fantabulous and Rough House Blues
  • Images (Prestige 1961 [1976]) with Eric Dolphy – Compilation of Prestige LPs Screamin' the Blues and Straight Ahead
  • Three Dimensions (Impulse! 1961-66, [1978]) – Compilation of Impulse! LPs The Blues and the Abstract Truth and Sound Pieces + 2 previously unreleased tracks
  • Black, Brown and Beautiful (Bluebird, 1970-75 [1989]) – reissue of Johnny Hodges Flying Dutchman LP 3 Shades of Blue + tracks from Oliver Edward Nelson in London with Oily Rags and Skull Session
  • Verve Jazz Masters 48 (Verve, 1962-67 [1995]) – Selections from Verve albums
  • The Argo, Verve and Impulse Big Band Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 1961-67 [2006])

Film and Television Scores[edit]

As arranger/conductor[edit]

An additional sideman role may be present in these recordings.

With Faye Adams

  • "You Can Trust In Me"/"Goodnight My Love" (Prestige, 1962)

With Cannonball Adderley

With Steve Allen

  • Soulful Brass #2 (Flying Dutchman, 1969)

With Air Pocket

  • Fly On (East Wind, 1975) – producer

With Louis Armstrong

  • Louis Armstrong and His Friends (Flying Dutchman, 1970)

With Gato Barbieri

With Elek Bacsik

  • I Love You (Bob Thiele, 1973)
  • Bird and Dizzy: A Musical Tribute (Flying Dutchman, 1975)

With James Brown

With Mel Brown

With Ray Brown and Milt Jackson

With Ruth Brown

  • "Secret Love"/"Time After Time" (Noslen, 1963)

With Henry Cain

  • The Funky Organ-ization Of Henry Cain (Capitol, 1967)

With Betty Carter

With Ray Charles

With Lou Donaldson

With Jean DuShon

  • Feeling Good (Cadet, 1966)

With Lorraine Ellison

  • Heart & Soul (Warner Bros., 1966)

With Art Farmer

With Maynard Ferguson

  • Come Blow Your Horn (Cameo, 1964)

With Don Goldie

  • Trumpet Exodus (Verve, 1962)

With Leo Gooden

  • Leo Sings with Strings (L.G., 1963)

With Jackie & Roy

  • Changes (Verve, 1966)

With Jimmy Grissom

  • "I've Got You On My Mind"/"Lover's Reverie" (Prestige, 1962)

With Johnny Hartman

  • I Love Everybody (ABC-Paramount, 1967)

With Johnny Hodges

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

  • Six Million Dollar Man (Flying Dutchman, 1975)

With Paul Horn

  • Monday, Monday (RCA Victor, 1966)
  • Paul Horn & The Concert Ensemble (Ovation, 1969)

With Paul Humphrey, Shelly Manne, Willie Bobo & Louis Bellson

  • The Drum Session (Philips (Japan), 1974) – producer

With Yujiro Ishihara

  • Nostalia (Teichiku Entertainment (Japan), 1974)

With Etta Jones

With Kimiko Kasai

  • Kimiko Kasai in Person (CBS/Sony (Japan), 1973)
  • Thanks, Dear (CBS/Sony (Japan), 1974) – musical supervisor

With Ramsey Lewis

With Herbie Mann

With Lloyd G. Mayers

  • A Taste of Honey (United Artists Jazz, 1962)

With Carmen McRae

With Thelonious Monk

With Wes Montgomery

With Lee Morgan

With Esther Phillips

  • Esther Phillips Sings (Atlantic, 1955)

With Della Reese

  • "Every Other Day"/"Soon" (ABC, 1967)
  • I Gotta Be Me...This Trip Out (ABC, 1968)

With Irene Reid

  • Room for One More (Verve, 1965)

With Buddy Rich

With Sonny Rollins

With Diana Ross

With Jimmy Rushing

With Shirley Scott

With Doc Severinsen

  • Rhapsody for Now! (RCA, 1973)

With Bud Shank

With Jimmy Smith

With Ringo Starr

With Carl Stokes

  • The Mayor and the People (Flying Dutchman, 1970)

With Billy Taylor

  • Right Here, Right Now! (Capitol Records, 1963)
  • Midnight Piano (Capitol, 1964)

With Jack Teagarden

  • Jack Teagarden (Verve, 1962)

With The Temptations

With Clark Terry

With Bob Thiele

  • I Saw Pinetop Spit Blood (Flying Dutchman, 1975)

With Leon Thomas

  • Leon Thomas in Berlin (Flying Dutchman, 1971)

With The Three Sounds

With Cal Tjader

With Stanley Turrentine

With Joe Williams

  • Jump for Joy (RCA Victor, 1963)
  • Me and the Blues (RCA Victor, 1964)

With Nancy Wilson

With Kai Winding

As arranger and sideman[edit]

With Gene Ammons

With Count Basie

  • Afrique (Flying Dutchman, 1970); also tenor saxophone

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Jimmy Forrest

  • Soul Street (New Jazz, 1962); tenor saxophone on one track

With Etta Jones

With Frank Wess

With Lem Winchester

Credited as sideman only[edit]

With Cannonball Adderley

With Manny Albam

With Elek Bacsik

  • I Love You (Bob Thie, 1973)

With Louis Bellson

With Clea Bradford

  • These Dues (Tru-Sound, 1961)

With Chris Connor

  • Free Spirits (Atlantic, 1962)
  • Richard Rodgers' No Strings: An After-Theatre Version (Atlantic, 1962) with Bobby Short

With Duke Ellington

With Red Garland

With Etta Jones

With J. J. Johnson

  • J.J.! (RCA Victor, 1964) – reeds

With Quincy Jones

With Louis Jordan

  • "If You're So Smart How Come You Ain't Rich"/"How Blue Can You Get" (Decca, 1951)
  • "Please Don't Leave Me"/"Three-Handed Woman" (Decca, 1951)
  • "Trust in Me"/"Cock-a-Doodle Doo"/"Work Baby Work" (Decca, 1951)
  • "May Every Day Be Christmas"/"Bone Dry" (Decca, 1951)
  • "Louisville Lodge Meeting"/"Work Baby Work" (Decca, 1951)
  • "Slow Down" (Decca, 1951 [1952])
  • "Fat Sam from Birmingham" (Decca, 1951 [1953])
  • "There Must Be a Way" (Decca, 1951 [1953])
  • "Come And Get It" (Decca, 1951 [1954])

With Eddie Kirkland

  • It's the Blues Man! (Tru-Sound, 1962)

With Mundell Lowe

With Gary McFarland

With Joe Newman

With Shirley Scott

With Johnny "Hammond" Smith

With Leon Thomas

  • Leon Thomas in Berlin (Flying Dutchman, 1970)
  • Gold Sunrise on Magic Mountain (Flying Dutchman, 1970)