Stolen Moments (song)
"Stolen Moments" is a jazz standard composed by Oliver Nelson. It is a sixteen-bar piece (in an eight-six-two pattern), though the solos are on a conventional minor key 12-bar blues structure. The first well-known recording of the song was on Nelson's 1961 album, The Blues and the Abstract Truth.
The piece first appeared as "The Stolen Moment" on the 1960 album Trane Whistle by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, which was largely written and co-arranged by Oliver Nelson. It was not marked out as anything special, in fact the cover notes only mention that the trumpet solo is by Bobby Bryant and that Eric Dolphy's bass clarinet can be heard briefly on the closing. However, in the liner notes to Eric Dolphy: The Complete Prestige Recordings, Bill Kirchner states that this incorrectly credits Dolphy with playing what is actually the baritone saxophone of George Barrow, with Dolphy's contribution to the piece being the second alto behind Nelson.
The first well-known recording of the song was the version on Nelson's own 1961 album, The Blues and the Abstract Truth. Nelson's solo on this version contains "possibly the most famous" use of the augmented scale in jazz. Also on this version, Ian Shanahan credits Dolphy with an "exquisite flute solo".
Singer Mark Murphy wrote lyrics for his 1978 version. Gail Fisher later wrote different lyrics to Nelson's original melody. They were first recorded on the 1987 album The Carmen McRae – Betty Carter Duets. This vocal version of "Stolen Moments" was given the alternative title "You Belong to Her".
- Emilie-Claire Barlow – Sings (1998)
- Kenny Burrell – Stolen Moments (2002)
- Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis – Trane Whistle (1960)
- Ahmad Jamal, The Awakening (1970)
- J. J. Johnson – J.J.! (1964)
- Stanley Jordan – Stolen Moments (1991)
- Joe Locke and Kenny Barron – But Beautiful (1991)
- Herbie Mann with Chick Corea –Standing Ovation at Newport (1965)
- Carmen McRae and Betty Carter – The Carmen McRae – Betty Carter Duets (1987)
- Mark Murphy – Stolen Moments (1978)
- Oliver Nelson – The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)
- Oliver Nelson – Stolen Moments (1975)
- Jimmy Raney and Doug Raney – Stolen Moments (1979)
- Lee Ritenour – Stolen Moments (1990)
- Andy Summers and Victor Biglione – Strings of Desire (1998)
- Phil Woods – Americans Swinging in Paris (1968)
- Frank Zappa and Sting – Broadway the Hard Way (1988)
- Kazumi Watanabe – Mo’Bop III (2011)
- Advanced: "Secrets of the symmetrical augmented scale". Josh Workman. Guitar Player 41.7 (July 2007): p108(2).
- Shanahan, Ian (13 June 1998). "Dimensiones Paradisi ( 1991 & 1998)" (PDF). archive.org. p. 2. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
- Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. p. 403. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
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